Course detail

Dams and Hydropower Engineering

FAST-BRA004Acad. year: 2020/2021

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.


Institute of Water Structures (VST-VST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The output is knowledge about problems related to design and realisation of dams and structures required for water power energy utilisation.


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.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

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.


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 education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-SI Bachelor's

    specialization V , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer