Geotechnical Engineering of Dams - CVEN9524

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Geotechnical engineering for embankment and concrete dams. Zoning of embankment dams. Site investigations planning, and techniques, seepage control measures, and the design and specification and construction of filters. Stability analysis under normal loads for embankment and concrete gravity dams. Foundation preparation, cleanup and grouting. Detailing of embankment dams. Specification and quality control. Design of embankment dams for earthquake; earthquakes in Australia, selection of design earthquake; general design principles, defensive design. Analysis of dynamic stability, and deformations of embankment dams. Assessment of liquefaction potential and post liquefaction behaviour. Design of remedial measures. Mine and industrial tailings dams.


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