Structural evaluation of multifunctional flood defences

Themes: Water & Maritime

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The present guidelines for the design and assessment of flood defences are not suitable for multifunctional flood defences.


A generic method will be developed for the evaluation of a-typical flood defences. This method is based on a distinction of structural parts regarding their structural function.


After publication of the dissertation the method will be available for application in the design and assessment practice.

Ing. Mark Voorendt