Numerical simulation of wave generated by landslide incidents in dam reservoirs

Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani, Saeedeh Yavari-Ramshe

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In this work, a two-dimensional fourth-order Boussinesq-type numerical model is applied to estimate the impact of landslide-generated waves in dam reservoirs. This numerical model has recently been extended for simulating subaerial landslides. The extended model is validated using available three-dimensional experimental data, and a good agreement is obtained. The numerical model is then employed to investigate the impact of landslide-generated waves in two real cases, the Maku and Shafa-Roud dam reservoirs in the northwestern and the north of Iran, respectively. Generated wave heights, wave run-up, maximum wave height above dam crest, and dam overtopping volume have been estimated for each case. The amplitude of generated waves about 18 and 31 m and the volume of dam overtopping up to 80,000 m3 emphasize the importance of the estimation of the landslide-generated waves in dam sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-432
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Boussinesq-type model
  • Case study
  • Impulsive waves
  • Overtopping
  • Run-up
  • Submarine/subaerial landslide


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