Calculation of dam risk probability of cascade reservoirs considering risk transmission and superposition

Te Wang, Zongkun Li, Wei Ge*, Yadong Zhang, Yutie Jiao, Heqiang Sun, Hua Zhang

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Because of the risk transmission and superposition among dams in cascade reservoirs, the analysis and probability calculation of dam risk become more complex compared with a single reservoir. By analyzing the main risk sources and actionmechanisms, the disaster-causing factors, disaster-transmitting body and disaster-bearing body in the cascade reservoirs system were determined. By defining the influence coefficient (IC) to express the transmission and superposition degree of dam risk among cascade reservoirs, dam risk was divided into two parts: own risk (OR) and additional risk (AR). On this basis, the relevant concepts and equations for the calculation of the dam risk probability of cascade reservoirs were proposed. The numerical simulation was carried out to quantify the IC, and a Bayesian network analysis model was constructed to calculate the OR. Finally, taking five cascade reservoir dams in the Dadu River basin as examples, the value of their ORs, ARs and risk probabilities were calculated, and thereafter the weakest cascade, controlling cascade and general cascade in the system were divided. The proposed methodology realizes an effective connection with the dam risk calculation method of a single reservoir, which can provide a reference for the risk assessment and management of cascade reservoirs in the basin.
Original languageEnglish
Article number127768
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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  • Cascade reservoirs
  • Dam break
  • Probability
  • Risk superposition
  • Risk transmission


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