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Dams and Reservoirs

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ISSN: 1368-1494
E-ISSN: 1756-8404

Dams and Reservoirs is the official journal of the British Dam Society (BDS).

The journal welcomes high quality technical papers, technical notes, briefing articles, case studies and discussions from all over the world related to the design, construction, operation, safety and environmental aspects of dams, reservoirs and their ancillary works. The journal reports on the work of the BDS worldwide and the related work of the International Commission on Large Dams.

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  • Dam
    Author(s):  Andy Hughes
  • Investigation and treatment of post-construction incidents at Satpara Dam
    Author(s): Zaheer Muhammad Malik; Abid Hussain
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  • During the initial 5 years, spanning over the partial impounding stages of the Satpara Dam project, two independent post-construction incidents were observed at the project. This paper describes in detail the methods of investigation and treatment conducted for the unusual development of depressions observed slightly upstream of the main dam axis, and sinkholes observed upstream of the project area. The former incident was limited within the shell/shoulder zone and rehabilitated subsequently. The second incident was interconnected with a subsurface subsidence and its subsequent treatment was considered to induce self-healing within the natural foundations over time.

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  • Duration effects of wave overtopping: application of EurOtop on three reservoirs in the North West
    Author(s): Junaid A. Patel
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  • The action of waves on embankment dams combined with high still water levels can have a detrimental impact on reservoir structures. The problem of overtopping has been described in detail in the European overtopping manual (EurOtop) for sea defences. Although this methodology was not developed for inland reservoirs, its application to reservoirs is considered acceptable in certain cases. This paper describes the process of applying the EurOtop methodology to three inland reservoirs, the development of the significant wave height, breaker parameter, wave period and ultimately the overtopping discharge. The EurOtop methodology allows a simple look-up of peak discharges against tolerable discharges to determine whether erosion resistance is required. This paper describes a method to derive a discharge–time relationship based on the probable maximum flood flow through the reservoir and in turn derive the velocity–duration relationship. Using this relationship an additional check of tolerable velocities was performed and checked against recommended limiting values for erosion resistance. Finally, an optioneering exercise was carried out to determine the generic options available to address overtopping discharge.

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