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Structural Behavior of Dams

  • 17 May 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 20 May 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Online

Structural Behavior of Dams 

May 17-20, 2022 - 9:00 am MDT 

Registration is limited to 12 seats 

24 PDHs available

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 

- Dynamics 



     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                  Taintergate Analysis 

VF2D                   2 Dim. Non-Linear FEA 

ARVAR                3 Dim. Non-linear FEA 

DAMGEN            Gravity Dam Mesh Generator 

ARCHMKR          Arch Dam Mesh Generator 

To Register visit USSD's Learning Center

United States Society on Dams
13918 E. Mississippi Ave #61160, Aurora, CO 80012

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