Course detail

Protection Structures for Dams and Hydraulic Circuits

FAST-NRB019Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course provides students with information on the safety assessment of the water works during floods. N-year flows in the profile of the dam determining, design discharge, transfer the flood waves and its transforming through the reservoir. The use of emergency spillways and bottom outlets of dams for controlled transfer of flood waves. Converting of the control flood waves. The design of the emergency spillways, spaces of stilling basins and spillway channel for safe operation during floods. Designing of the multipurpose flow control structure of small dams and polder dams. Function and Designing of the surge tank of the hydropower plant. Water hammer exclusion of the direct impact in long pipelines and pumping stations circuits.


Institute of Water Structures (VST-VST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

1. Skilled summary about the problems of water resources management and data relationship to environment.
2. Claiming the knowledge for municipal government and skilled departments of MPO, MZE, MŽP.


Hydraulic, dams, hydrology, river training and weirs, hydro power utilization. Basic knowledge of statistics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. The safety assessment of the water works during floods, flood waves, design discharge, control flood, calculations of the transformation, run-off control.
2. Emergency spillway of dams  lateral, frontal, shaft, restrain system in front of weir.
3. Designs of safety shapes of the frontal and lateral weirs, spaces of stilling basins and spillway channel.
4. Designs of safety shapes of the shaft weir, the flow regimes.
5. The bottom outlets, equipment, control, capacity calculating.
6. Stilling basins, objects for energy dissipation.
7. Pooled objects of small dam, polder dam, boulder chute.
8. Outlet tunnels.
9. Surge tank – solutions of the level dynamic, water hammer and its elimination.
10. Behavior of the movable weir during flood, water distribution works on rivers.


Methodology and solution of hydrodynamic phenomenons including their modelling

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 NPC-SIV Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer