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Advanced dam design 7.5 credits

Dammbyggnad - avancerad kurs
Second cycle, G7007B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Soil Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic course in dam design, soil mechanics, structural mechanics and hydraulics.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim is to provide the students with knowledge about structure and function of hydropower dams and tailings dams. Further to understand how the deterioration processes affect the function of dams and what type of repair method can be used.

The specific goals for the course are:

You must know:
• How dams are designed and constructed
• The function of different parts of dams
• Filter, filter function and drainage layers
• How filters are designed and constructed
• Calculate stability of dams
• Design of a soil and rock embankment dam

You will be able to apply:
• Calculation tools for slope stability
• Calculation tools for pore water pressure
• Design criteria for erosion protection and rip-rap
• Methods for calculation of erosion due to wave action

You should understand:
• Impact of internal and external erosion
• Deterioration mechanisms
• Development of sink-holes
• Water seepage through a dam

You will have some knowledge of:
• Different parts of dams and their functions
• Safety improvement methods for embankment dams
• Methods for repair of dams
• Sampling in dams
• The use of seismic methods in dam design
• Impact of climate change on dams

Dam design and dam construction
Filter criteria and filter rules
Erosion processes
Impact of wind and water on dams
Long term stability of dams
Investigation methods and sampling methods in dams
Hydraulic design
Study trips and field excursions

Lectures and assignments, seminar assignment and design assignment regarding tailings dams or water retention dam.

Oral examination in relation to the presentation of the seminar assignment with differentiated grades and approved assignments.

Jan Laue

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Distributed lecture material.
Vattenfall: Dammar och dammbyggnad
Hydropower Development vol 8 and 10, Tapir förlag, Trondheim, Norge
ICOLD bulletin Tailings dam safety

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Oral examG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA07
0002Seminar assignmentU G#3.00MandatoryA07
0003Project workU G#3.00MandatoryA07