A probabilistic approach to classify the levee reliability

Franco, Andrea (2016) A probabilistic approach to classify the levee reliability. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Geologia e territorio [LM-DM270]
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This work aims to evaluate the reliability of these levee systems, calculating the probability of “failure” of determined levee stretches under different loads, using probabilistic methods that take into account the fragility curves obtained through the Monte Carlo Method. For this study overtopping and piping are considered as failure mechanisms (since these are the most frequent) and the major levee system of the Po River with a primary focus on the section between Piacenza and Cremona, in the lower-middle area of the Padana Plain, is analysed. The novelty of this approach is to check the reliability of individual embankment stretches, not just a single section, while taking into account the variability of the levee system geometry from one stretch to another. This work takes also into consideration, for each levee stretch analysed, a probability distribution of the load variables involved in the definition of the fragility curves, where it is influenced by the differences in the topography and morphology of the riverbed along the sectional depth analysed as it pertains to the levee system in its entirety. A type of classification is proposed, for both failure mechanisms, to give an indication of the reliability of the levee system based of the information obtained by the fragility curve analysis. To accomplish this work, an hydraulic model has been developed where a 500-year flood is modelled to determinate the residual hazard value of failure for each stretch of levee near the corresponding water depth, then comparing the results with the obtained classifications. This work has the additional the aim of acting as an interface between the world of Applied Geology and Environmental Hydraulic Engineering where a strong collaboration is needed between the two professions to resolve and improve the estimation of hydraulic risk.

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Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Franco, Andrea
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Corso di studio
Curriculum A: Rischio idrogeologico
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Levee system Reliability Fragility Curve Overtopping Piping Classification Hazard
Data di discussione della Tesi
18 Marzo 2016

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