Dam Failure Concepts and Modeling

Dam Failure Concepts and Modeling
  • Identify the characteristics of large dams and modes of failure associated with them.
  • Match reservoir and watershed characteristics with the type of model most likely needed to produce a forecast hydrograph during a major dam failure.
  • Explain the changes to headwater, tailwater, and outflow during a dam failure and how breach size and formation time affect these.
  • Describe how HEC-RAS model simulations can be used to explore the impact of breach size and breach formation time on the resulting downstream flows.
  • Describe the basic characteristics of downstream inundation and hydrographs associated with dam failures.