TVM5115 - Planning and Design of Dams

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Planning and design of dams in the context of hydropower development. The course covers the basics in dam engineering for civil engineers, including concrete and embankment dams, soil mechanics for dams and concrete technology for dams.

Learning outcome

The course is offered in English to the students in the first year of the MSc programme Hydropower Development and third or fourth year of the siv.ing. studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The course covers the basic in dam engineering for civil engineers, including planning and design of concrete and embankment dams, soil mechanics for dams and concrete technology for dams. The students shall know the basic design and construction principles for various types of dams and be able to select type of dam and design and estimate the costs for a damsite after completion of the course.

Knowledge
The students shall have knowledge about:
- Type of dams and their characteristics
- How dam sites are selected and evaluated
- How to investigate dam foundation
- Basics of soil mechanics; settlement, seepage and aspects of stress in relation to dams and dam foundation
- Basics of concrete property and dam concrete challenges
- How to identify and quantify different loads on dams
- How to design filter and slope protection of embankment dams
- Criteria and principles of dam stability analysis
- Norwegian dam safety regulations
- How to classify dams based on impacts of possible dam failure
- How to carry out dam safety inspection, supervision and basics of emergency action planning.

Skill
Students will be able to:
- Select feasible dam site and type of dam for any hydropower project
- Calculate pore pressure, vertical and horizontal principal stress,
- Calculate settlement, time rate of consolidation of dams and dam foundation
- Carry out seepage analysis of dams and dam foundations
- Design and carryout stability analysis of dams
- Estimate dam cost based on specific site condition and type of the dam
- Calculate spillway capacity and estimate dam failure floods
- Design filter and slope protection of embankment dams
- Carryout dam safety inspection and supervision.

General competence
The students shall know the basic design and construction principles for various types of dams and be able to select type of dam and design and estimate the costs for a dam site.

Learning methods and activities

The lecturers come from the university and the hydropower industry, all with international experience. All lectures and exercises are given in English. The topic embankment dams will be addressed through a one week seminar during one of the two activity weeks during the semester. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Recommended previous knowledge

Admission to the HPD MSc programme, admission to Civil and Environmental Engineering or similar. The course is a prerequisite for TVM5132 Prefeasibility Study in Hydropower Development.

Required previous knowledge

No

Course materials

"Hydraulic Structures" by P. Novak et al.
From the series "Hydropower Development", volume No.10 Rockfill Dams, and supplementary lecture notes (English).

Timetable

Examination

Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Written examination 100/100 D 2013.21.12 09:00 Sal B , D2
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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