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A computer model (Show
Me) was developed for the 25 metre high intake
tower in Loch Glascarnoch (Where is it?).
The tower is constructed from reinforced
simulations were then run to find out how the tower would
behave during different earthquakes. (Why?)
The results of the simulation are studied to find out what
the forces on the tower could be and also how far it could
bend. This picture shows the areas of tension
on the tower when it is swaying in the direction of the arrow.
Tension would try to pull the tower apart. If the forces become
too great, the concrete would crack and the steel reinforcement
would stretch and eventually break. You can see that the highest
tension occurs near the base of the tower.