Structure versus strength in dams

Dams are among the structures that are subject to extreme forces.  Many small and large dams have broken in the past and almost every time such accidents are contributed to structural defects in original design or structural defects caused later as a result of poor maintenance.

When a dam breaks, millions of dollars of investment are lost and it creates a sudden flood. The flood destroys farms and houses and properties and takes many lives. Without a dam, many cities will lose electricity and water for an extensive period of time. 

The structure of a dam or the way that its parts are designed and interconnected is the main factor affecting the strength of a dam.

 Project description
This project studies different structural designs for dams. You will make models and measure and compare the strength of each design.
 Details of this project
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