222.563 Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Dams Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Dams
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

After having successfully completed the course, students are able to assess cases of damage in the form of crack formations on massive concrete structures with regard to the hazard potential. The fundamental knowledge of fracture mechanics methods combined with principles of continuum mechanics results also in applications to metallic materials and concepts a.la. “Fatigue Crack Propagation”.

The knowledge of the application fields of numerical methods allows further perspectives in vocational education.

Subject of course

In this lecture the application of fracture mechanic methods to crack formation in massive concrete structures (dams, weirs, lock walls, etc.) as well as the determination of special fracture mechanical material properties will be presented and the application of these methods in the direction of damage avoidance, damage assessment and remediation will be discussed. In particular, the cases of damage to two Austrian double curved arch dams will be treated in detail -with particular emphasis on the application of numerical methods (FEM).


Teaching methods

The lecture takes place via overhead projectors with detailed explanations on the blackboard. Interactive exchange between students and the lecturer in the form of questions and discussions are postulated.

Mode of examination


Additional information

In addition to the basic principles of fracture mechanics methods, the relevant 'Numerical Analysis Methods - FINITE ELEMENTS'  are discussed and demonstrated (Abaqus - Crack Propagation Studies).

The lecture will partly be held in English according to the nationality of the participants.




Course dates

Tue13:00 - 14:0018.10.2022Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorbesprechung
Tue13:00 - 16:0008.11.2022Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorlesung
Fri11:00 - 15:0018.11.2022Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorlesung
Tue13:00 - 16:0006.12.2022Seminarraum AD 03 - 1 Vorlesung
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

The course assessment is carried out on the one hand in the form of a written report on the evaluation of a damage case with respect to a hazard potential and secondly by the engagement in the interactive exchange within the block lecture.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2022 12:00 10.10.2022 12:00 10.10.2022 12:00



Es wird ein Skriptum zur Vorlesung angeboten


  • Attendance Required!