Course Details

Dams and Hydropower Engineering

BRA004 course is part of 1 study plan

Bc. full-t. program BPC-SI > spV compulsory Summer Semester 3rd year 5 credits

Basic information on dam design and hydropower energy. Follows course Hydro technical structures and Hydro technical structures I. Detailed information dam construction, basic data required for dam design, dam load, cross sectional profile design, functional objects and their design, foundation and realization, measurements dam on dams, monitoring. Stream hydropower utilization, possibilities and rules of usage, types of hydro-energy structures and their water management solution, objects of different types of hydro power plant, constructional configuration of turbines, individual components solution, design of small hydro power plant and peak load power plant.

Course Guarantor

prof. Ing. Jaromír Říha, CSc.


Institute of Water Structures

Learning outcomes

The knowledge in dam engineering and water power. Elaboration of schemes of dam and hydropower plant. The graduates get basic knowledge, which enables them to solve under supervision and then individually the problems related to design and realization of dams and structures required for water power energy utilization


Basics of hydraulics, hydrology, hydro-technical structures I, structures foundation, earth mechanics, geology, realization of structures, mechanics, static, elasticity and resistance, basics of design of concrete, steal and timber structures.


soil mechanics - hydraulics - hydrology - foundation engineering.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures, practical classes and self-study assignments. Attendance at lectures is optional, but attendance at classes is compulsory.

Forms and criteria of assessment

100% presence, exceptionally 2 seminars - apologized, for exam the credit is necessary, for positive evaluation at least partial knowledge in each question (2-dams, 1-hydropower)


By attending the course students will get basic information and knowledge, which enables them to solve individually the problems related to design and realisation of dams and structures required for water power energy utilisation.

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 12 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

1. Development and history of dam engineering, division of dams according to their constructional material and according to static transfer of load into the underlay. Data required, design of cross sectional profiles of dams.
2.–3. Functional objects and their design, hydraulic design of individual types of functional objects.
4.–5. Calculation of dam cross-section parameters for different types of dams (lining and protection of outer and upstream face, drainage system, filters, dam crest, dam sealing, connection of sealing to the underlay).
6.–7. Foundation and realization of dams, measurements on dams, monitoring.
8. Hydro power energy possibilities and rules of usage.
9. Types hydro power plant and their solution, functional objects of different types of hyro power plants, constructional design.
10.–11. Division of hydro power plants, constructional solution of turbines and their accessories, solution of individual parts of hydro power plants.
12. Design of small hydro power plant and peak load power plant. Engine room and accessories of hydro power plants.


2 hours/week, 12 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

1.–2. Design of run-off the river hydropowerplant (HPP).
3. Design of technological equipment of small HPP.
4.–5. Layout and sections of HPP.
6. Layout of embankment dam, longitudinal section.
7.–8. Typical cross section of the dam. Layout plan.
9. Location of appurtenant works.
10. Bottom outlets – hydraulic design.
11.–12. Emergency spillway – hydraulic design. Credits.