What Really Happened at the Suez Canal?

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Exploring the engineering principles behind the recent obstruction of the Suez Canal, which caused a weeklong disruption in global shipping traffic. Grady Hillhouse from the Practical Engineering YouTube Channel gives a brief overview of the bank effect and dilatancy of coarse-grained soils. Hopefully, the video helps you understand a few of the engineering challenges associated with navigating massive ships through tiny canals and what can happen when they run aground.

Errata: – Grady Hillhouse tells us that he incorrectly described the landform as the “Suez Peninsula.” It is the “Suez Isthmus.”

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Practical Engineering is a YouTube channel about infrastructure and the human-made world around us. Hosted, written, and produced by Grady Hillhouse. We have new videos posted regularly, so please subscribe for updates. If you enjoyed the video, hit that ‘like’ button, give us a comment, or watch another of our videos!

About Grady Hillhouse

Grady Hillhouse is a civil engineer in San Antonio, Texas. The goal for Practical Engineering is to increase exposure and interest in the field of engineering, highlight that connection between the world around us and the energy, passion, and thought that goes into making it a nicer place to live.

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