Journal article

Teaching First Year Engineering Design and Design Criteria-The Thames Barrier

David C Shallcross, Gavin Buskes, Raymond R Dagastine

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION | TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS | Published : 2011

Abstract

The Thames Barrier is an iconic engineering structure protecting London from dangerous storm surges that might otherwise flood the city. Built in the 1970s, engineers considered many different designs before settling on the final one featuring six rising sector gates and four falling radial gates. The design of the Barrier and the many different design iterations that the engineers went through in response to the changing requirements of the client provide an excellent context within which to teach first year general engineering students design and design criteria in an introductory context. The design process of the Thames Barrier has been used as a case study in a general first year engine..

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