Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Dam Engineering

Zhongzhi Fu

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute


Erich Bauer

Graz University of Technology


Earth/Rockfill/Concrete dams Safety analysis Numerical modelling Geotechnical centrifuge Environmental issues Dam material Constitutive modelling Seismic response Dam-reservoir-foundation interaction Dam breach mechanisms Overtopping Dam monitoring

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Dams are increasingly constructed all over the world for flood controlling, irrigation, power generation, environmental protection, recreation, etc. Due to their significant benefits for sustainable development and the unacceptable consequences in the case of dam breach, huge efforts are made during design, construction and maintenance to ensure their safety and normal operation. Design of a dam structure at a specific site depends not only on the topographical, geological and environmental conditions but also on the materials economically available at this site. Therefore, an in-depth understanding of the properties of dam materials to be used is a prerequisite for a successful design and satisfactory construction. Design of dams, nowadays, benefits a lot from rapidly developing experimental, analytical and numerical methods, which are increasingly used in studying the deformation, stability and seepage behavior of the concerned structures. Seismic responses and damage mechanism also deserve special attention for dams constructed in high earthquake intensity regions, because of the great threat posed to the water retaining structures as evidenced from previous cases. Another increasing threat to dams is the unexpected flood, extremely for embankment dams because this type of dam is very vulnerable to overtopping. For any dam that is considered inadequate to sustain the static and dynamic loads or to discharge the newly expected flood, maintenance and rehabilitation measures should be implemented. In summary, safety of a dam is not fulfilled once and for all. This is a dynamic process span over the whole lifetime of the dam. Dam engineers have to deal with different safety issues during different phases using reliable theories and techniques. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art or state-of-the-practice in the above mentioned aspects in dam engineering.

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Zhongzhi Fu

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

Dr. Zhongzhi Fu is a Senior Engineer in the Geotechnical Engineering Department of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI), which is a non-profit research center on water-related issues governed by the Ministry of Water Resources, China. Dr. Fu specialized in hydraulic structures and obtained his doctoral degree from Hohai University in 2011. Since then he became a consultant engineer in NHRI in June 2011 and participated in consulting works for more than 30 dams of different types, including the world’s highest Concrete Faced Gravel Dam (the 247-m Dashixia CFGD in Xinjiang) and the world’s highest Earth Core Rockfill Dam (the 315-m Rumei ECRD in Tibet). He has published over 60 technical papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings, and is one of the authors of two books on rockfill dam engineering. He is the secretary of the Soil Mechanics and Geotechnics Committee of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, and is also a member of the Chinese National Committee on Large Dams.

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