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A clear and enriching examination of the basic design and dimensioning principles that govern dam engineering.
Dams are one of the largest and most complex civil engineering projects and have always been an important element in development and economic prosperity. Their major role is to store water supplies to meet the vital and energy needs of the populations, to protect people and landscapes from the destructive effects of water, and to serve as a recourse in the event of water shortages.

Dams clearly articulates the basic design and dimensioning principles that govern dam engineering. It also details a three-pillar safety concept, the different types of concrete and embankment dams as well as their impact on the environment, foundation design, and monitoring and maintenance. The material is enriched with numerous examples that reflect the internationally recognized competence of Swiss engineering in dam design. Clear and thorough, Dams enriches readers’ understanding of dam engineering.

790 pages | 600 color plates and halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2

Physical Sciences: Experimental and Applied Physics

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Table of Contents

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

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