Title page for ETD etd-05232002-234249

Type of Document Report
Author Atallah, Tony A.
Author's Email Address tonyatallah@hotmail.com
URN etd-05232002-234249
Title A review on dams and breach parameters estimation
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loganathan, G. V. Committee Chair
Diplas, Panayiotis Committee Co-Chair
Hajj, Muhammad R. Committee Co-Chair
  • dams review
Date of Defense 2002-01-11
Availability unrestricted
Nowadays, especially after the appearance of the global warming effects, water is becoming less and less available. Here appears the role of water resources engineering. That is; finding the mean through which we can collect water. One alternative for doing so is the storing of water behind dams. This is why this report will focus on dams’ issues. This report is divided in two sections. The first section deals with the most common types of dams, the forces applied on them, the modes of failure of these structures, the environmental effects on the stream, the decommissioning and other technical matters. The second part focuses on the different methods used in order to estimate or predict the breach of the dams especially for the embankment type. These methods are applied to the case of the Timberlake Dam in Lynchburg, VA that failed in 1995 and was rebuilt in 2000.

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