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Tuesday 18 October 2022

A brief history of aqueducts and conduit resistance laws


  • Render of the commemorative work of the Apulian Aqueduct in Caposele, not built.

The English language edition of the book on the history of aqueducts, the resistance laws of the conduits and channels and the huge Apulian aqueduct has been published.
For information on the Italian edition of the book, with interviews and articles in the press, see the following web page Italian edition

Author: Michele Mossa
Title of the book: A brief history of aqueducts and conduit resistance laws
Publisher: Mario Adda Editore
ISBN: 9788867176243
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 94
Format: 24x30, paperback with flaps
Figures: 84 figures in b/w and color
Language: English

The history presented here, which must necessarily be brief compared to the vast history of fluid mechanics in general, and of aqueducts in particular, is divided into six sections. The first is devoted to ancient investigations and applications of flows in channels and pipes. This is followed by a section devoted to a brief history of Roman aqueducts, still the object of much admiration today. It should be pointed out that, with the decline of the Roman Empire, the administrative capabilities necessary to develop and maintain such water systems was lost. It would be a long time before the kind of solution that the Romans had given to the problem could be taken up and applied again. Three sections are devoted to these issues, respectively on the history of flows and resistance laws from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, from the 18th to the 19th century and then to the most recent developments and studies, some of which are still being carried out at important internationally renowned universities. The various references given in the bibliography will enable the interested reader to learn more about some of the issues discussed here.
Finally, following on from the story presented above, the last section takes a closer look at the particular case of the Apulian aqueduct, still an impressive achievement to this day and even more so at the time of its construction, the subject of international studies and comparisons due to the size and boldness of its engineering solutions.

Available at bookstores, or by ordering it from the Adda site https://www.addaeditore.it, Amazon and other classic sites for the purchase of books.

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Michele Mossa
Professor of Hydraulics at the
Polytechnic University of Bari
Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry
Via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari - ITALY


Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Area Universitaria di Valenzano
Strada Provinciale
Valenzano - Casamassima, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, BARI- ITALY