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Dams are among some of the most imposing and complex structures to be found in civil engineering, and they have long played an important role in economic development and prosperity. Their primary functions include the storage of water for irrigation and energy production for local communities, protection against floods and other natural disasters, and the supply of water in times of drought. The aim of this book, which is primarily destined for practicing engineers and master’s students, is to clearly present the principal concept and design elements that determine dam engineering. It gives a detailed overview of a safety concept based on three key pillars and of the different types of concrete and embankment dams, as well as their impact on the environment, their foundations, and various surveillance and maintenance issues. The content is enhanced with examples that reflect the internationally recognized expertise of Swiss engineering in the design of dams.


  • Preface
  • I. General points – 1. Introduction – 2. The Development and Future of Dams – 3. Different Types of Dams – 4. Impacts on the Environment
  • II. Dam Safety – 5. Dam Safety Concept – 6. Hazards and Damage Affecting Dams and Their Foundations – 7. Types of Failure – 8. Protection Measures – 9. Risk Analysis
  • III. Basis for the Design and Construction of a Project – 10. Identifying Conditions Related to the Site – 11. Actions and Forces – 12. Administrative Procedures and Requirements
  • IV. Concrete Dams – 13. Gravity dams – 14. Hollow Gravity Dams and Buttress Dams – 15. Arch Dams – 16. Multiple Arch Dams – 17. Roller Compacted Concrete Dams (RCC)
  • V. Concrete – 18. Concrete Technology – 19. Concrete Behavior and Observed Phenomena
  • VI. Embankment dams – 20. Overview – 21. Homogeneous Earthfill Dams – 22. Zoned Embankment Dams – 23. Embankment Dam with Asphalt Concrete Core – 24. Embankment Dam with an Upstream Facing – 25. Construction and Behavior of Embankment Dams – 26. Stability Analysis – 27. Structural Details
  • VII. Treatment of Foundations – 28. Excavations – 29. Grouting of Rock Foundations – 30. Other Methods for Treating Foundations
  • VIII. Operation – 31. Necessary Operating Documents – 32. Surveillance and Maintenance – 33. Emergency Planning and Public Safety
  • IX. Reservoir Sedimentation – 34. Issues Created by Reservoir Sedimentation and Their Mitigation
  • Bibliography
  • Notations – Index
  • Index of Dams


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Anton J. Schleiss, Henri Pougatsch

Collection: Engineering Sciences

Published: 16 november 2022

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 792

Format (in mm) Book: 190 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 1660

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782889154852

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