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arch dam

n
(Civil Engineering) a dam that is curved in the horizontal plane and usually built of concrete, in which the horizontal thrust is taken by abutments in the sides of a valley. Arch dams must be built on solid rock, as a yielding material would cause a failure
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The highest dam in China is the Jinping-I Dam at 305 metres, an arch dam, which is also the tallest dam in the world.
The reservoir, behind the 50-year-old Gebidem arch dam, is fed by the Aletsch Glacier, the longest in Europe.
The project, commissioned in 1976, has a reservoir that holds water behind a 138-metre dam on side and an arch dam on another.
Lijiaxia Hydropower Station is a large hydropower project on the Yellow River upstream, and the dam is a double-curvature arch dam with three-centered arc.
Improved models used the average temperature, certain interval number of days before the observation, to analyze Castelo Arch Dam utilizing hysteresis of air temperature in the dam [7].
The current tallest dam is the 305m-tall Jinping-I Dam, a concrete arch dam on the Jinping bend of the Yalong River in Liangshan, Sichuan, China.
I spent several years in South Africa where I was in a senior position building a 110m high concrete double curvature arch dam and hydro electric power station on the Orange river.
The 13-mile ride on a batterypowered e-bike from the mountain resort to the monumental Mauvoisin arch dam was a revelation.
That was later replaced with a thirty-nine-foot gravity arch dam in 1927, which Ketchikan Power Utility purchased in 1957.
It is the longest arch dam in Europe and was famously used in the James Bond film, Goldeneye.
But if you'd like to venture out of the city you can visit the snow clad Sierra de Guaddarama mountains via the El Atazar arch dam which sits on the Lozoya river.