Surge Analysis for Headrace Channel in Populated Area

Client: Albany Engineering, Albany, New York

Albany Engineering Company developed plans to restore Cohoes Falls to its historic flow, providing recreational and environmental benefits. A new underground powerhouse provided low-cost power for economic development.

WRE was retained by Albany Engineering to analyze surges in the existing power plant’s headrace channel. WRE engineers developed a computer model to analyze waves that might be generated in the channel in the event of a sudden power plant shutdown. The analysis of surge waves was particularly important because the headrace channel is adjacent to a populated area.