Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

The 1977 March 4 Vrancea earthquake emphasized several zones with liquefiable materials on Romanian territory. Some earth dams of such zones, placed to over 200 km from the earthquake epicenter were damaged. Important hydropower works are at present in different design or construction stages in such area, comprising long earth dams. The Seismic analysis procedure applied to their design was based on the finite element method. Some characteristic cross - sections of the earth dams in different versions have been studied. The analysed sections had different shapes (with and without stabilizing benches downstream) and included different zoning of the materials (sand fine sand and free draining materials). The analyses pointed out the importance of the drainage blanket at the base of the dam for the increase of the liquefaction strength capacity of the soil - structure system. Some improvement works in certain zones of the foundation soil resulted as being necessary.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

First Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

5-6-1984

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1984 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Behavior of Some Earth Dams on Liquefiable Soil

The 1977 March 4 Vrancea earthquake emphasized several zones with liquefiable materials on Romanian territory. Some earth dams of such zones, placed to over 200 km from the earthquake epicenter were damaged. Important hydropower works are at present in different design or construction stages in such area, comprising long earth dams. The Seismic analysis procedure applied to their design was based on the finite element method. Some characteristic cross - sections of the earth dams in different versions have been studied. The analysed sections had different shapes (with and without stabilizing benches downstream) and included different zoning of the materials (sand fine sand and free draining materials). The analyses pointed out the importance of the drainage blanket at the base of the dam for the increase of the liquefaction strength capacity of the soil - structure system. Some improvement works in certain zones of the foundation soil resulted as being necessary.