Knowledge of the Ancients

Chanson, Hubert (2009) Knowledge of the Ancients. Water Engineering Australia, 3 7: 30-32.

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Author Chanson, Hubert
Title Knowledge of the Ancients
Journal name Water Engineering Australia
ISSN 1835-1123
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 3
Issue 7
Start page 30
End page 32
Total pages 3
Place of publication Crows Nest, N.S.W, Australia
Publisher Engineers Media – Engineers Australia's publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 09 Engineering
0905 Civil Engineering
090509 Water Resources Engineering
090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
CX
Abstract The Roman engineers were at the forefront of science and their engineering heritage included some magnificent aqueducts, many of which are still standing. While some scholars suggested that Roman engineers did not know the basic principle of conservation of mass, the Roman aqueducts provide a clear demonstration of the high level of hydraulic engineering expertise. Herein, the design characteristics and the operational records of the aqueducts are reviewed and compared with modern hydraulic engineering practices. It is shown that the successful design and operation of these outstanding systems were massive achievements by modern standards. The development of regulation basins, culverts and energy dissipators was far from obvious. It is the writer's opinion that the leading Roman hydraulic engineers involved with the major aqueducts in Gaul and North-Africa understood the concepts of continuity and momentum.
Keyword Roman aqueducts
Hydraulic engineering
Energy dissipation
Conveyance
Design
Operation
maintenance
Expertise
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes The full bibliographic details are: CHANSON, H. (2009). "Knowledge of the Ancients." Water Engineering Australia, Vol 3, No. 7, pp. 30-32 (ISSN 1835-1123). This is an edited version of his paper "The hydraulics of Roman aqueducts: What can we learn?"

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
 
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