Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

After selection of the site for this major hydroelectric project on the Upper Parana River, initial borings in the river bed revealed an extremely fractured zone near the base of the dense basalt flow on which the main dam would be founded. This zone was later seen to correspond to intersecting faults beneath the river bed, therefore upon dewatering the river channel several exploratory tunnels were driven parallel and perpendicular to the dam axis, foreseeing their incorporation into an elaborate "shear key" system to prevent renewed movements of the shear zones. The tunnel grid was backfilled with concrete through holes drilled from the foundation surface and grouted at low pressures.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Foundation Investigation and Treatment for the Main Dam, Italpu Project

After selection of the site for this major hydroelectric project on the Upper Parana River, initial borings in the river bed revealed an extremely fractured zone near the base of the dense basalt flow on which the main dam would be founded. This zone was later seen to correspond to intersecting faults beneath the river bed, therefore upon dewatering the river channel several exploratory tunnels were driven parallel and perpendicular to the dam axis, foreseeing their incorporation into an elaborate "shear key" system to prevent renewed movements of the shear zones. The tunnel grid was backfilled with concrete through holes drilled from the foundation surface and grouted at low pressures.