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Title: Deformable Bullnose Energy Absorbing System (BEAS). Report 1, Initial development and concept design
Authors: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Navigation Systems Research Program (U.S.)
Navigation Safety Initiatives Research Program (U.S.)
Ebeling, Robert M., 1954-
Hite, John E.
Strom, Ralph W.
White, Barry C.
Keywords: Collision
Base isolator
Guard wall
Lock approach wall
Hydraulic structures
Inland navigation
Dam safety
Publisher: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC TR ; 10-7.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: An impact between the bullnose of a lock approach wall and a tow can result in the tow breaking up with loose barges moving out of control toward the lock or navigation dam. Serious consequences can occur. Project operations can be severely affected or even shut down. The loose barges can cause a high safety risk to personnel involved and if the navigation pool is lost, significant economic impacts may result. As part of a new Navigation Safety Initiatives Program established by General Don Riley (former Director of Civil Works for the Corps of Engineers), research was started to develop a structure that would help reduce or prevent lashing failures and loose barges due to an impact between a tow and a lock approach wall bullnose. This report provides the background and initial research that lead to the concept of a Deformable Bullnose Energy Absorbing System (BEAS).
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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