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Flooding is one of the very common and critical natural events that disrupts human lives globally. Around 2.2% which makes up almost 2.9% of the worlds population live in regions that have 10% flood probability in every 50 years. Moreover increase in global warming is said to further increase flooding events in near future. Though flooding leads to loss of life, it leads to even more loss of property as property is immovable unlike humans that can go to higher places. There is absolutely no way to save a house in case of flood hits the area.
Well we here attempt to solve this problem by designing a mechanism that can save houses in flooding events. The system uses hydraulics to actually lift a house as per water level to escape flood water in such events. This is a futuristic concept that has to be done before construction of the house n order to work. We develop a small model with a model house to demonstrate the concept. It involves firstly developing the house on a thick steel frame platform.
The concept involves 3 steel rods buried atleast 3 meters below the ground and 3 meters above ground for withstanding flood impacts. The supporting rods are used to keep the house steady in case of strong winds/storm in flood prone region. The steel platform is attached with 4 hydraulic cylinders mounted on 4 corners of the house. The cylinders are used to create the lift needed to lift the house in an upright manner without any jerking when needed.
We hereby use a high torque motor to operate the hydraulics. The motor is a 2 way motor that is used to drive fluid into and out of 4 cylinders as and when needed. Whenever the water level rises the user can choose to lift the house. We hereby use the same flood water to operate hydraulic cylinders instead of costly hydraulic fluid which is prone to leakage. In order to lift the motor drives water into all 4 cylinders thereby causing the cylinder pistons to rise higher gradually. This leads to lifting of the platform of the house. The 3 support rods mounted around the platform are used to keep the house stable and upright in the process.
Thus driving water up the cylinders creates a lift which can be used to raise houses by 6 – 10 feet in order to protect them from flood water. When the flood water recedes, the owner may choose to lower the house, in which case the motor will start pulling water from cylinders, thus lowering the house gradually without any jerks. The hydraulics along with the support rods are designed to life house without causing any critical jerks or angular change which may damage house structure or interiors. This system provides an alternative to a low cost flood proof housing system in flood prone areas.
- AC Motor
- Water Tank
- Kneading tool
- Water Pump
- Controller Circuitry
- Supporting Rods
- Mounts and Joints
- Press Plates
- Base Frame
- Supporting Frame
- Nuts and Bolts
- Screws and Joints