Hydrostatic Forces

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The purpose of this page is to define hydrostatic forces, a commonly used term in floodplain management.

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Standing water or slowly moving water can induce horizontal hydrostatic forces against a structure, especially when floodwater levels on different sides of a wall are not equal. Also flooding can cause vertical hydrostatic forces, or flotation. Hydrostatic forces are one of the main causes of flood damage. 

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04/26/2015 - 14:15
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