Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

The railroad bridge of Corinth Canal was founded in a stable tectonic block (horst) consisting of neogene marly limestones, marls and sands. After the last strong earthquake of 24th February 1981 an extension of existed subvertical joints, directed E-W, was observed close to the northern bridge abutment. A geotechnical study was carried out for the detection of the causes which created these phenomena and for the design of probable reinforcing measures. From the results of site investigations and laboratory tests and after considering the slope stability, it was concluded that the only risk for the abutment is the progressive change of joints apperture and their erosion due to rain water. To minimize this risk, the installation of inclined untensioned grouted dowels was proposed and the continuous monitor of joints apperture especially during future strong earthquakes.

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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Geotechnical Problems in a Bridge over Corinth Canal

The railroad bridge of Corinth Canal was founded in a stable tectonic block (horst) consisting of neogene marly limestones, marls and sands. After the last strong earthquake of 24th February 1981 an extension of existed subvertical joints, directed E-W, was observed close to the northern bridge abutment. A geotechnical study was carried out for the detection of the causes which created these phenomena and for the design of probable reinforcing measures. From the results of site investigations and laboratory tests and after considering the slope stability, it was concluded that the only risk for the abutment is the progressive change of joints apperture and their erosion due to rain water. To minimize this risk, the installation of inclined untensioned grouted dowels was proposed and the continuous monitor of joints apperture especially during future strong earthquakes.