Intro to Cavitation in Chutes and Spillways






The course is intended to give the participants an understanding of cavitation on chutes and spillways. The course will be introduced with a video of a case study that illustrates some of the fundamentals of cavitation and an explanation of why cavitation causes damage. Following the video, a Power Point presentation will discuss the beneficial effects of aeration on preventing damage due to cavitation. The participants will be guided to an Excel Spreadsheet program that reproduces all the Fortran programs given in EM 42. The Spreadsheet can be used to analyze chutes and spillways for their hydraulic and cavitation performance, to design aerators, to determine the best vertical alignment to minimize cavitation inception, and to analyze the cavitation damage potential of historic data.

Five Learning Objectives of This Course:

  • A clear understanding of cavitation and how it is formed.
  • A clear understanding of the difference between cavitation and cavitation damage.
  • The beneficial effects of aeration on preventing cavitation damage.
  • The required surface tolerance to prevent damage with and without aeration.
  • The availability of tools to study cavitation on chutes and spillways.

Registration Fees:

  • Member Rate: $99
  • Non-Member Rate: $130

This course qualifies for 2 PDHs.

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