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Lateral Force and Pressure on a dam

  1. Oct 21, 2008 #1
    1a. What is the total lateral force on a vertical dam 75 ft high and 135 ft wide if the water comes up to the very top of the dam?

    I think I got the answer to this one, is it 2.4 x 10^7?

    1b. What is the pressure on the lake bottom next to the dam?
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
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  3. Oct 21, 2008 #2


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    Show how you got 1a please.

    If you got 1a, then how did you resolve the pressure distribution across the face of the dam?
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