Avalanche defence schemes

Andrew J. Hogg*, Tomas Jóhannesson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

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Snow avalanches are hazardous. They flow rapidly down mountain gulleys, destroying homes, built infrastructure and leading to fatalities. One way of mitigating against the hazards they pose is to build large structures in their flowtracks to deflect, retard and arrest the motion. This article describes some of the research that underpins modern guidelines of how to design these structures. It reports mathematical models that capture the transformation in the state of the flowing avalanche as it interacts with large-scale obstacles and the predictions that can be used to optimise engineering designs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319254548
ISBN (Print)9783319254524
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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