AUROY
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Francis Auroy received standard education at Ecole Polytechnique and graduated from Ecole Militaire et d'Application du Génie in 1928. In 1935 he moved to a contractor in Corsica and there added to the design and execution of dams. Auroy had to participate in World War II and was for five years a prisoner of war. He was attached from 1946 all through his career to the Central Massif region in France, where he developed hydropower for the French national power company Electricité de France EDF. At the end of his career, he was a director of that branch. He was also active for the French tidal hydropower plant Rance.
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Auroy contributed to hydroelectricity from the 1930s to the 1960s, when France made large efforts to supply the electricity required for a country that had suffered from two World Wars. The national company EDF was responsible for that task, and initiated activities with a number of large and technically novel designs mainly on the mountain rivers Dordogne, Garonne and Rhone. The Marcillac Dam is located in the Limousin region on River Doustre and was constructed from 1945 to 1949. The arch dam is 50 m high. Le Pouget scheme is one of the largest hydropower installation in France located in the Aveyron region north of Tarn River. It has a hydraulic head of more than 500 m and produces 200 Mio kWh. The Chastang Arch Dam on Dordogne River in the Limousin Department is 85 m high and was designed from 1947 to 1952. It comprises one of the early ski jumps to dissipate hydraulic excess energy during the flood season, as introduced by André Coyne (1891-1960) in the 1930s.
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Anonymous (1955). Francis Auroy. 5 ICOLD Congress 1: 78. P
Auroy, F. (1948). Chute de Marcillac sur le Doustre. Travaux 32(1): 43-44. Auroy, F. (1948). L'aménagement du Pouget. Travaux 32(1): 52-53.
Auroy, F., Leo, B. (1955). Le barrage de Chastang. Travaux Supplément Science et Industries 39: 79-90.
Auroy, F. (1956). Le percement du lac d'Issarlès, la conduite forcée et l'usine de Montpezat. Annales de l'Institut Technique du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics 9(108): 1101-1124.
Auroy, F. (1964). Les groupes-bulbes dans les aménagements hydro-électriques. Annales de l'Institut Technique du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics 17(203): 1423-1445.
Auroy, F., Terrassa, M. (1964). Aménagement de la chute de Pied-de-Borne: Barrage de Roujanel. Travaux 48(4): 265-274.
Frisquet, S. (2005). Francis Antoine Auroy. Personal communication.

Hydraulicians in Europe 1800-2000 . 2013.

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