Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

In this paper, a number of case histories of typical earthquakes dams and levees which have been damaged by earthquakes occurred in past two decades in China are reported in some details along with data obtained from field and laboratory investigations as well as some analytical results. These damages are mainly due to liquefaction of saturated cohesionless or less cohesive soils and slippage in weak soft clays. It is concluded that, in order to avoid severe earthquake damages, earth dams and levees should be compacted to dense state and any liquefiable soils and weak soft clays in foundations should be discarded or remedied.

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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Earthquake Damages to Earth Dams and Levees in Relation to Soil Liquefaction and Weakness in Soft Clays

In this paper, a number of case histories of typical earthquakes dams and levees which have been damaged by earthquakes occurred in past two decades in China are reported in some details along with data obtained from field and laboratory investigations as well as some analytical results. These damages are mainly due to liquefaction of saturated cohesionless or less cohesive soils and slippage in weak soft clays. It is concluded that, in order to avoid severe earthquake damages, earth dams and levees should be compacted to dense state and any liquefiable soils and weak soft clays in foundations should be discarded or remedied.