• Owners/Sponsor: Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
• Location: St. Louis, Mo.
Review design recommendations for intakes or dropshafts
Construct physical models of dropshafts
Validate their expected performance
Optimize the design
Confirm that the vortex dropshaft intake would perform as expected at various flows
IIHR — The Experts in Dropshafts
IIHR was contracted by Jacobs Engineering to first review design recommendations, and then to construct physical models of several intakes (dropshafts) in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to support and validate their expected performance. The images and video are from the 1:16 scale model of the very large Forest Park Intake Facility that IIHR constructed. The full-scale facility was designed to handle up to 4420 million gallons/day during peak flow. The model included the diversion structure in the existing channel, approach channel, dropshaft, and deaeration chamber. The model was used to optimize the design and confirm that the vortex dropshaft intake will perform as expected at various potential flows.
We were selected for this project based on IIHR’s expertise in evaluation and physical modeling of stormwater conveyance structures, especially dropshafts.