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Why do Modern Dams Fail?

Dam failures rarely occur, but when they do, it wreaks havoc into the environment and human life. There are several reasons that contribute to dam failure like overtopping, failure of foundation, erosion, improper maintenance, etc. Modern dams make ...

7 Different Types of Spillways

A spillway is a hydraulic structure built at a dam site for diverting the surplus water from a reservoir after it has been filled to its maximum capacity. Spillways are classified into different types on the basis of ...

Causes of Failures of Earthfill Dams

Earthfill dams are less rigid and more susceptible to failure. Like most of engineering structures, earth dams may fail due to various reasons such as faulty design, improper construction and poor maintenance practices, etc. Different causes of failure of earthfill ...

21 Types of Dams in Construction

Various types of dams are constructed based on their usage. These dams are classified based on construction material used, structure and design, functions, hydraulic design and size. Types of Dams in Construction Classification Based on Construction Material used for a DamRigid DamA ...

14 Uses of Sedimentary Rocks in Civil Engineering

Uses of sedimentary rock can be found in almost all buildings and public structures. This makes it substantially important construction material in civil engineering projects.The sedimentary rock is formed by the settlement and subsequent cementation of mineral or organic particles on the floor ...

Low Heat Cement- Composition, Properties, Uses and Advantages

Low heat cement is a special tailored cement which generates low heat of hydration during setting. It is manufactured by modifying the chemical composition of normal Portland cement. In this article we discuss about the composition, properties, characteristics, uses and advantages ...

Portland Pozzolana Cement – Manufacture, Properties and Uses

Portland Pozzolana cement is integrated cement which is formed by synthesising OPC cement with pozzolanic materials in a certain proportion. It is commonly known as PPC cement. In this article we discuss about the properties, manufacture, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages ...

Factors Affecting Embankment Dams Design and Construction

There are number of factors that affect embankment dam design. That is why the designer needs to take these factors into consideration during the design. These factors will be discussed briefly in the following sections. Factors Affecting Design and Construction of ...