Hydraulic analysis of the Schoharie Creek bridge

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Ten people died on April 5, 1987 as a result of the collapse of two spans of a New York State Thruway bridge into the floodwaters of Schoharie Creek. The cause of the bridge failure was determined to be scour of bed material from under the foundations of piers supporting the bridge. To evaluate the hydraulic conditions that produced the scour, a two-dimensional finite element surface-water flow model was constructed. The model was used to obtain a detailed description of water-surface elevations and depth-averaged velocities within a reach that extends from about 4000 ft downstream of the bridge to about 6000 ft upstream of the bridge.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Hydraulic analysis of the Schoharie Creek bridge
ISBN 0872627195
Year Published 1989
Language English
Publisher Publ by ASCE
Publisher location New York, NY, United States
First page 887
Last page 892
Conference Title Proceedings of the 1989 National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
Conference Location New Orleans, LA, USA
Conference Date 14 August 1989 through 18 August 1989