1st Edition

Roller-Compacted Concrete Dams

Edited By CIGB ICOLD Copyright 2021

    ICOLD Bulletin 177 ‘Roller-Compacted Concrete Dams’ presents the state-of-the-art on roller-compacted concrete technology for dams, incorporating the advances of the RCC technology for dams over the last 15 years since the previous Bulletin on the topic was released in 2003. Hence, the present ICOLD Bulletin 177 supersedes ICOLD Bulletin 126 (‘Roller-compacted concrete dams - State of the art and case histories’, published in 2003) and ICOLD Bulletin 75 (‘Roller-Compacted Concrete for Gravity Dams’ published in 1989). While roller-compacted concrete technology could have still been considered a new technology in 2003, it is now true to say that construction by roller-compaction has become the standard approach for large concrete gravity dams.

    This Bulletin addresses all aspects of the planning, design, construction and performance of RCC in dams. Mixture proportioning and quality control are discussed and a comprehensive listing of references is included. Many aspects of RCC in dams have become better understood since the publication of Bulletin No 126 and the present Bulletin contains less information on the particular approaches applied in different countries, but includes more comprehensive information particularly in relation to design, mixture proportioning and construction. With greater understanding, it has further been possible to highlight more definitively the requirements of successful RCC dams, as well as the pitfalls and difficulties that can be associated with RCC dam design and construction.

    Le Bulletin CIGB 177, intitulé « Barrages en Béton Compacté au Rouleau » présente les dernières avancées en matière de technologie du béton compacté au rouleau pour les barrages intégrant les progrès de la technologie BCR pour les barrages au cours des 15 dernières années, depuis que le dernier bulletin sur le sujet a été publié en 2003. Par conséquent, le bulletin 177 remplace le bulletin 126 (« Barrages en béton compacté au rouleau - Technique actuelle et exemples », publié en 2003) et le bulletin 75 (« Béton compacté au rouleau pour barrages-poids - Technique actuelle » publié en 1989). Alors que la technologie du BCR pourrait encore être considérée comme une nouvelle technologie en 2003, il est maintenant vrai de dire que la construction par le compactage par rouleaux est devenue l'approche standard pour les grands barrage-poids en béton.

    Ce bulletin aborde tous les aspects de la planification, de la conception, de la construction et de la performance du BCR dans les barrages. Le dosage du mélange et le contrôle de la qualité sont discutés et une liste exhaustive des références est incluse. De nombreux aspects du BCR dans les barrages sont mieux compris depuis la publication du Bulletin no 126. Le présent bulletin contient moins d'informations sur les approches particulières appliquées dans différents pays, mais comprend des informations plus complètes notamment en ce qui concerne la conception, le dosage du mélange et la construction. Avec une plus grande compréhension, il a été possible de mettre en évidence les exigences des barrages en BCR réussis, ainsi que les pièges et les difficultés qui peuvent être associés à la conception et la construction du barrage en BCR.

    1 Introduction
    2 Design of RCC dams
    3 Materials
    4 Selection of mixture proportions
    5 Construction
    6 Quality control
    7 Performance
    8 Other uses for RCC in dam construction
    9 RCC arch dams
    Appendix A


    The Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages (CIGB) / International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is a non-governmental International Organization which provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering.

    The Organization leads the profession in ensuring that dams are built safely, efficiently, economically, and without detrimental effects on the environment. Its original aim was to encourage advances in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of large dams and their associated civil works, by collecting and disseminating relevant information and by studying related technical questions.

    Since the late sixties, focus was put on subjects of current concern such as dam safety, monitoring of performance, reanalysis of older dams and spillways, effects of ageing and environmental impact. More recently, new subjects include cost studies at the planning and construction stages, harnessing international rivers, information for the public at large, and financing.