CIVIL-411 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): De Almeida Manso Pedro Filipe, Mouvet Laurent

Language: English


Summary

Dams are paramount for human development around the world. The course is an introduction to the fascinating domain of dam engineering, from design to construction, for water storage and regulated supply, including for renewable energy generation (hydropower), flood protection and drought prevention.

Content

Keywords

Layout and design of dams as water retaining structures
Concrete dams
Embankment dams
Mixed dams

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Strength of materials
Geotechnics (soil mechanics, rock mechanics, slope stability)
Hydraulics (hydraulic works, hydraulic equipment, free surface and pressurized flows)
Concrete structures (stability)

 

Recommended courses

(in addition to the above required courses)
Earthquake engineering
Hydrology (catchment/flood hydrology)
Geology (fundaments of geology & hydrogeology)
Construction materials

Important concepts to start the course

Force & displacements, constitutive laws, elasticity etc.
Stability analysis (sliding, overturning, lift and drag)
Virtual works principle
Flow in pervious & fissured media
Uncertainty

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze the elements to be considered to select and design different types of dams
  • Compare different solutions from the technical, economic and environmental standpoints
  • Sketch the initial layout of a dam
  • Propose preliminary design of different types of concrete and embankment dams
  • Choose the most adequate dam type for a given location/context

Transversal skills

  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Respect relevant legal guidelines and ethical codes for the profession.

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures with in-class exercices during the semester

Expected student activities

Active learning during lectures, exercices.

Assessment methods

Exercices (30%) and Oral exam during exam session (70%)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others To be presented in first lecture

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

In English : Design, Safety and Operation of Dams, Schleiss, Pougatsch
(https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/D/bo196817651.html)

In French: TGC Vol.17, édition 2020, PPUR Les barrages : du projet à la mise en service / Anton J. Schleiss et Henri Pougatsch, 2020.(http://opac.nebis.ch/F?local_base=nebis&con_lng=FRE&func=find-b&find_code=020&request=978-2-88074-831-9)

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Advances in Dam Engineering: collection of innovative cases, Manso (2023).

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Master diploma
Master thesis in Dam Engineering

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Dam engineering
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: optional
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Dam engineering
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: optional
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Dam engineering
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: optional

Reference week

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