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This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 1.5h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to prepare preliminary designs for dam-project-planning with regard to local topographical and soil mechanical conditions. This preliminary design allows for cost estimation and serves as an approach for sophisticated analytical routines in the form of numerical methods.

Students are able to classify the importance of these facilities in connection with  "Renewable Energy Sources".


Subject of course

Planning and design of dams and - related principles and decision criteria are discussed. The relevant types, such as Gravity Dams, Arch Dams, Roller Compacted Concrete Dams (RCC) and Earth- and Rockfill-Dams are treated with regard to optimal dimensioning. In particular, numerical analysis methods (FEM) are presented and earthquake loading is discussed in detail. The final chapter includes case studies concerning causes of damage and remediation methods of concrete dams.

Teaching methods

The lecture takes place via overhead projectors with detailed explanations on the blackboard. Interactive exchange between students and the lecturer in the form of questions and discussions are postulated.

Mode of examination


Additional information

In addition to basic principles, the relevant 'Numerical Analysis Methods - Finite Elements FE' are discussed and demonstrated (Abaqus). Earthquake investigations are possible on request in limited specialized hours.

The lecture will partly be held in English according to the nationality of the participants

Scripts will be provided during the lecture



Course dates

Tue12:00 - 15:0003.10.2023Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorbesprechung zugleich 1. Vorlesung
Thu10:00 - 14:0016.11.2023Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorlesung
Fri12:00 - 16:0024.11.2023Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorlesung
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

The course assessment is carried out on the one hand in the form of the design of a double curved arch dam with the aid of 'preliminary design' concepts and secondly by the engagement in the interactive exchange within the block lecture.


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.07.2023 12:00 02.10.2023 12:00 02.10.2023 12:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


Es wird ein Skriptum zur Vorlesung angeboten