Certains Aspects de la Conception Hydraulique des Aqueducs Romains = Some Aspects of the Hydraulic Design of Roman Aqueducts

Chanson, Hubert (2002) Certains Aspects de la Conception Hydraulique des Aqueducs Romains = Some Aspects of the Hydraulic Design of Roman Aqueducts. La Houille Blanche - Revue Internationale de l'Eau, 6/7: 43-57.

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Author Chanson, Hubert
Title Certains Aspects de la Conception Hydraulique des Aqueducs Romains = Some Aspects of the Hydraulic Design of Roman Aqueducts
Journal name La Houille Blanche - Revue Internationale de l'Eau   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-6368
Publication date 2002-01-01
Issue 6/7
Start page 43
End page 57
Total pages 15
Editor Hélène Girardet
Place of publication s, France
Publisher Revue Générale de l'Electricité S.A.
Language fre
Subject 290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
Abstract The Roman aqueducts were large water supply systems delivering water for public health usage. However little is known on the hydraulic design of the aqueducts. The Roman engineers, contemporary of Hero of Alexandria, had a strong expertise and experience in hydraulic engineering. Several regulations basins were found along the aqueducts. It is proposed that the operation was based upon a dynamic regulation principle. Associated issues are discussed. Two types of major hydraulic structures were also built : dropshaft cascades and culverts. The hydraulic engineers who designed these structures have a sound knowledge and understanding of basic hydraulics. Who were they? Although we do not know, the writer is impressed by their technical expertise. They knew more than modern hydraulic engineers.
Keyword Aqueducts
Hydraulic engineering
Cascades
Culverts
Water supply - Rome

 
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