Suitability of Rubber Dam as a River Water Management Tool


  • Vipin Yadav M.Tech Research Scholar,S.V.N.I.T, Surat
  • Darshan Mehta Assistant Professor,CED, S.S.A.S.I.T, Surat
  • Sahita Waikhom Associate Professor,CED, Dr. S & S. S. GEC, Surat


Rubber dam, river water management, flood control, water barrier


—Rubber dam is a relatively new type of hydraulic
structure compared with steel sluice gate, weir, causeways, etc.
which is made of high strength fabric adhering with rubber
forming a rubber bag. The barrage, made of rubber, will be filled
with air, so that it can be inflated or deflated as per requirement.
The concept of rubber dam and its application in India has yet to
develop to gain from its advantages, though the system has been
used in great extent in countries like China, Australia and in
Scandinavia. It is used in site specific cases where it may prove to
be a very good alternative to costlier permanent structures. A
rubber dam has many advantages, such as simple hydraulic
structure, short construction time, perfect seismic performance,
and low resistance to water flow in flood season etc. General
description of system, various configuration and types, working
principle and comparative analysis has been presented in this
paper. Also, its usefulness from various perspectives is highlighted
considering the high and low discharge available in the stream,
combined with tidal effects of low and high tide due to its close
proximity with Arabian sea. The benefits of establishing a rubber
dam could be even greater than a multi-purpose reservoir as it
entails much lower cost, and construction viability and flexibility
with minimum ecological and environmental set-backs. Combined
with water management of urban area this could be a very effective
tool of river water management, especially for cities near the banks
of rivers.



How to Cite

Vipin Yadav, Darshan Mehta, & Sahita Waikhom. (2022). Suitability of Rubber Dam as a River Water Management Tool. International Journal of Advance Engineering and Research Development (IJAERD), 2(13), -. Retrieved from