Publication Date

Summer 2020

Document Type

Final Report

Problem Statement

This project had the goal to find several possible Non-powered dam locations in the Missouri-Illinois area. Then after finding possible locations, score each chosen area to pick the best location based on its power generation capability. After choosing the Melvin Price Lock & Dam location and design we thought fit best with it, more detailed drawings and concepts were generated. Using this information, a 3D CAD model, cost estimation, build schedule and risk analysis sheet were created. The CAD model is a preliminary model to show the design more thoroughly. The cost estimation is rough and includes a 25% contingency. Our final cost came to ~ $210 million. Our build schedule includes time spent obtaining the correct permits, licensing and other small project steps. Our final build time came to 89 months. Using our risk analysis, we found that cost estimation was the greatest risk to the schedule and funding. Finally, comparing the data of other dam structure’s and conversion project’s levelized cost of energy, we found that our assumptions and calculations lead to a reasonable, but the somewhat high cost of energy if the project were built, roughly $7333 per kilowatt of installed power or $.044/kWH for a 50-year lifespan.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410) (6666 kB)
SolidWorks Files, Drawings, and Excel Files

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