Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

A compacted silty clay containment dike for a waste slurry holding pond, with a design height of 44 ft. above the pond bottom experienced distress when the construction had reached heights ranging from only 16 to 21.5 ft. The rapid construction rate generated large excess pore water pressure in the saturated lacustrine clay subgrade, the fissured nature of which could not be discerned by the standard sampling and laboratory testing procedures. Lateral transmission of the excess pore pressure caused toe heave and cracking of the dike. Construction was halted and resumed next year. Construction was completed with monitoring of the piezometric levels in the lacustrine clay subgrade and the movement of the dike toe. Several construction pauses were necessary due to the buildup of high piezometric levels.

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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The Failure and the Remedial Containment Dike on a Lacustrine Clay

A compacted silty clay containment dike for a waste slurry holding pond, with a design height of 44 ft. above the pond bottom experienced distress when the construction had reached heights ranging from only 16 to 21.5 ft. The rapid construction rate generated large excess pore water pressure in the saturated lacustrine clay subgrade, the fissured nature of which could not be discerned by the standard sampling and laboratory testing procedures. Lateral transmission of the excess pore pressure caused toe heave and cracking of the dike. Construction was halted and resumed next year. Construction was completed with monitoring of the piezometric levels in the lacustrine clay subgrade and the movement of the dike toe. Several construction pauses were necessary due to the buildup of high piezometric levels.