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Structural Behavior of Dams

  • 25 Jan 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 28 Jan 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online

Structural Behavior of Dams

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Online Workshop - 24 PDHs

Bruce Brand’s “Structural Behavior of Dams” is a 4-day course on Dam Engineering.  It is at the same time very theoretical and very practical.  Theory is presented and then applied to real-world dam engineering situations.

Bruce originally developed the course for FERC engineers, but now is offering it to the dam engineering community.  The target audience is experienced engineers - it would not be appropriate for novices.  Classes are small; no more than 12 students.


Beam Theory with an emphasis on geometric non-linearities

Safety Factor

Loads on Dams

     Steady State Hydrodynamic


     Lateral Earth


     Follower Forces

     Seismic Loads

Analysis Methods

FEA Background




     Surge Tank Example

     Wave Radiating Boundaries

Fracture Mechanics

Rock Mechanics

Case Histories

Arch Dams

Gravity Arches

Slab and Buttress Topics

In addition to instruction, Bruce provides the following software:

2DSTAB               Gravity Dam Analysis

TGRIB                  Tainter gate Analysis

VF2D                   2 Dim. Non-Linear FEA

ARVAR                3 Dim. Non-linear FEA

DAMGEN            Gravity Dam Mesh Generator

ARCHMKR          Arch Dam Mesh Generator

For more information or to register click here: USSD's Learning Center. 

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