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Gravity Dam Design

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Gravity Dams are used to control the flow of water or maintain specific water levels in streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. Controlling water flow is essential for purposes of flood control, irrigation, creating bodies of water and for hydroelectric power. Gravity dams maintain their stability against forces and loads from their geometric shape and the strength and mass of the concrete. There are several design restraints and processes related to gravity dams and disciplines from various areas of civil engineering play an integral part in the design, and placement of gravity dams.

This course will discuss the various engineering properties of Gravity Dams. Several basic equations will be presented that are used to determine forces and seismological analysis for gravity dams.

This 4 hour course will examine the use of gravity dams under several different circumstances. It will provide useful information to determine the size and area of the dam needed to withstand hydrostatic forces among others.

This course is to read by anyone with an interest in Gravity Dams, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology or anyone wanting to know more information regarding Gravity Dam Design. After reading this course the student will know basic information regarding gravity dam design.

The course materials are based solely on the engineer manual “Gravity Dam Design” as found on the website of the Army Corps of engineers.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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