Criteria for Spillway Design Floods

by Arthur C. Miller, Pennsylvania State Univ, University, Park, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The procedures outlined in this paper only address the hydrologic safety criteria for spillway design floods. The recommended procedures are based on a careful identification of the social, economic, and environmental consequences of failure and the necessary quantification to make a decision. The computations and procedures utilized to evaluate alternative designs should be carried only to an extent to facilitate decisions. The decision process includes the economic and nondollar-denominated consequences of failure throughout the life of the project.

Subject Headings: Spillways | Hydraulic design | Floods | Failure analysis | Hydrology | Safety | Social factors | Accidents

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