Dam Protections against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage

Published by CRC Press/Balkema, The book includes contributions from the 1st International Seminar on Dam Protections against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage (Madrid, Spain, 24-26 November 2014), and also a summary of the technical manual "Overtopping Protection for Dams", published by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in March 2014. Dam Protections against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage provides a comprehensive summary of dam protections, covering case studies and applied research worldwide, and will be invaluable to professionals and academics in Dam Engineering.

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1. Summary

In the last decades, the technology of dam protection has undergone major advancements. The increasing demand for safety in modern society has created the need for cost-effective measures to protect critical infrastructure such as dams. This situation has resulted in the drafting of new regulations and technical manuals in countries like Norway, Sweden, and the USA, among others.

Dam Protections against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage includes the latest advances in dam protection and a portfolio of applications in representative case studies. The main topics include:

  • Failure of embankment and concrete dams due to overtopping or accidental leakage

  • Hard protections for embankment dams (RCC, wedge-shaped blocks, reinforced concrete slabs)

  • Soft protections for embankment dams (rockfill toes, articulated concrete blocks, vegetation cover)

  • Concrete dam protections and additional issues directly related to dam protections

2. Table of Contents

Scientific and Organizing Committees 
Organizing institutions 
Supporting institutions 
Sponsoring company

Keynote lectures

Technical manual: Overtopping protection for dams 
T.E. Hepler

Review of embankment dam protections and a design methodology for downstream rockfill toes 
R. Morán

Flood overtopping protection for concrete dams 
W.R. Fiedler

Failure of embankment dams due to overtopping or accidental leakage

Dam failures of embankment dams caused by overtopping or accidental leakage – New aspects for breach widening and deepening processes 
A. Vogel, J.-R. Courivaud & K. Jarecka

Failure of dams due to overtopping – A historical prospective 
M.J. Harris

Overtopping and internal erosion on small dams in Burkina Faso 
A. Nombré, E.A. Somda, M. Kabore & F. Millogo

Failure of the downstream shoulder of rockfill dams in overtopping or accidental leakage scenario 
M.Á. Toledo, H. Campos, Á. Lara & R. Cobo

Structural failure of the clay core or the upstream face of rockfill dams in overtopping scenario 
M.Á. Toledo, R.M. Alves & R. Morán

Simulation of the beginning of failure in rockfill dams caused by overtopping 
A. Larese, R. Rossi & E. Oñate

CFD study of the time dependent flow pattern around the slope of rockfill dams in overtopping scenario 
J. San Mauro, M.Á. Toledo & R. Morán

Soft protections for embankment dams

Design of overtopping-resistant rockfill dams 
M.Á. Toledo & L. Morera

Isoresistant double slope for the optimization of overtopping-resistant rockfill dams 
M.Á. Toledo & L. Morera

Practical challenges and experience from large-scale overtopping tests with placed riprap 
P.H. Hiller & L. Lia

Hard protections for embankment dams

Continuously-reinforced concrete slab spillways built over embankment dams in Spain: Molino de la Hoz and Llodio Dams 
R.M. Alves & R. Morán

Comprehensive literature review on dam overtopping incidents 
N. Tavakoli

Barriga Dam spillway: a case study of wedge-shaped blocks technology 
R. Morán & M.Á. Toledo

Physical and numerical modeling for understanding the hydraulic behaviour ofWedge-Shaped-Blocks spillways 
F.J. Caballero, F. Salazar, J. San Mauro & M.Á. Toledo

Masonry dams failure due to overtopping and its protections

Failures of masonry or concrete dams by overtopping 
A. Vogel, F. Laugier & E. Bourdarot

Laboratory measurements and numerical simulations of overtopping nappe impingement jets 
J.M. Carrillo & L.G. Castillo

Characterization of the dynamic actions and scour estimation downstream of a dam 
L.G. Castillo & J.M. Carrillo

Highly-converging chutes as an overtopping protection for concrete dams: physical and numerical modelling 
L. Morera, J. San Mauro, F. Salazar & M.Á. Toledo


Probabilistic methods for hydrologic dam safety analysis 
I. Flores, A. Sordo-Ward & L. Garrote

Two-dimensional direct rainfall hydraulic models applied to direct calculation of hydrologic events in dams to prevent overtopping 
P. Batanero, I. Martínez & E. Martínez

CFD analysis of flow pattern in labyrinth weirs 
F. Salazar, J. San Mauro, E. Oñate & M.Á. Toledo

Analysis of the design of energy-dissipating structure in spillways 
I. Robles, A. Palacio & A. Rodríguez


Investigación sobre el diseño de protecciones de tipo Repié para evitar el deslizamiento en masa de presas de escollera sometidas a percolaciones extremas

Published by CIMNE, in a collection of monographs. May 2013.

Language: spanish.

Free download at this link.


Diseño de presas de escollera resistentes al sobrevertido

Published by the Spanish Committee on Large Dams. Awarded with the first price "Jose Torán".

Language: spanish.

Link to the website of Spanish Committee on Large Dams.