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Badush Dam: A Unique Case of Flood WaveRetention Dams Uncertain Future and Problematic Geology
Private Consultant Engineering, Norrköping, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6790-2653
University of Kurdistan, H awler, Iraq.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1935-1743
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2019 (English)In: Engineering, ISSN 1947-3931, E-ISSN 1947-394X, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 189-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Badush Dam is a partially completed dam and a unique case of flood reten- tion dams. Its intended main function is to perform flood protection once in its lifetime; that is if Mosul Dam would collapse. In such a case, the Badush dam would temporarily store the whole flood wave and route it safely to the downstream. For this end, the bulk of the reservoir is left dry, while the re- maining  volume  at  the  lower  part  which  is  intended  for  power  eneration does  not  give  an  economic  justification  for  building  the  full  height  of  the dam. The short duration of the intended use as a protection dam has led to relaxing many design assumptions which have raised concerns over the dam integrity.  The  current  controversy  rages  now  over  whether  to  continue  the construction of the dam as it was first designed or to change all that in view of the similar site geology of Mosul Dam. Mosul dam foundations suffer at the moment from the severe continuous dissolution of the soluble materials in its foundation  leading  to  continued  maintenance  grouting  of  that  foundation. This paper gives an overview of the history of Badush dam, its current design and what new equirements which are needed if it is to replace Mosul Damitself.

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USA: Scientific Research Publishing, 2019. Vol. 11, no 4, p. 189-205
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Badush Dam, Mosul Dam, Flood Retention Dam Dry Dam, Foundation
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Engineering and Technology Geotechnical Engineering
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Soil Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73608DOI: 10.4236/eng.2019.114014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73608DiVA, id: diva2:1304313
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-04-15Bibliographically approved

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