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An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge

Recently, Hurricane Sandy shut down New York City’s subway system for days.  Here’s an article in the NYTimes about what engineers are doing to help solve this very real, and relatively new, problem.


Creating a Balloonlike Plug to hold back floodwaters  from the NYTimes.

To my engineering design students: can you articulate the problem statement, the scope, and the design constraints and objectives from this article?  What important aspects of the design process do you notice being described in the article?

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