1st Edition

Dams: Incidents and Accidents



ISBN 9789058097019
Published December 14, 2004 by CRC Press
242 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The increasing number of dams built in the last century has underlined the necessity of these constructions to the all-round development of a country. The advent of rock mechanics, engineering geology and a better understanding of materials have made it possible to construct higher and larger dams and to tackle more difficult sites. The assumptions and risks used in the theory of dam design include such unpredictable events as earthquakes, floods, and geological faults or soft seams, which may be either underestimated or completely missed during initial exploration. Incidents relating to dams are manageable at an early stage, whereas accidents, which are largely unforeseen, result in unexpected behaviour of dams and in catastrophic failures. Investigations conducted to determine the cause of a failure may not reveal the true sequence of events, while expert analyses are often controversial. From the dams that do not fail, of course, we learn nothing. Systematically monitoring the dam’s behaviour from the potential risk stage to the accident event, would allow a hazard-management programme to be implemented, minimising loss of life and property, and provide useful data.

Table of Contents

ForewordPreface1. Introduction 2. Dams – incidents and failures3. Misconceptions in the design of dams4. Classic distress and failures of dams5. Investigations of distress and failures of dams6. Study of dam failure – a philosophySubject index

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Saxena, K.R.; Sharma, V.M.