Design of Overtopping Protection for Small Dams

by John W. France, Geotechnical Engineers Inc, Winchester, MA, USA,
Stephen L. Whiteside, Geotechnical Engineers Inc, Winchester, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Many existing small embankment dams in the United States cannot safely pass current design floods without overtopping. In the past several years, embankment overtopping protection has been used as a cost effective alternative to more traditional alternatives, such as spillway enlargement. This paper presents a discussion of some of the considerations in designing overtopping protection with two different technologies: roller compacted concrete and cable-tied concrete blocks.

Subject Headings: Cables | Wave overtopping | Dams | Concrete dams | Concrete blocks | Hydraulic design | Embankment dams | Structural design | United States

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