Improvement to the Analytical Method for Dam Breach Flood Evaluation

  • Zuyu ChenEmail author
  • Lin Wang
  • Xingbo Zhou
  • Shujing Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering book series (SSGG)


This paper describes the improvements to the existing dam breach analysis methods based on back analyses of several giant barrier lake breaches. The main improvements include a hyperbolic soil erosion model, an empirical approach to lateral enlargement modeling, and a numerical algorithm that adopts velocity increment to allow straight forward calculation for the breach flood hydrograph. It has been shown that the calculated peak flow using this improved method is less sensitive to the input parameters. The new method has been incorporated into an Excel spreadsheet DB-IWHR which is transparent, open-source, self-explanatory and downloadable on the web.


Dam breach Flood evaluation Soil erosion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zuyu Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lin Wang
    • 2
  • Xingbo Zhou
    • 3
  • Shujing Chen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geotechnical EngineeringChina Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower ResearchBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Water Resources and Hydropower EngineeringXi’an University of TechnologyXi’anChina
  3. 3.China Renewable Energy Engineering InstituteBeijingChina
  4. 4.National Academy for Mayors of ChinaBeijingChina

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