Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

The performance of zoned embankment dams depends on the ability of filter and drain zones to prevent seepage erosion and piping of impervious materials, while providing adequate internal drainage. Because cracking of filter and drain zones might compromise their function, special care is typically exercised to build such zones of cohesionless materials that are unable to support cracks. Limited information is available on the cracking susceptibility of filter and drain materials manufactured by rock crushing. This paper presents a case history of field and laboratory testing of a crushed ignimbrite rock to evaluate its suitability as filter and drain material for the seismic retrofit of Matahina Dam to withstand foundation fault rupture. The paper presents the field and laboratory test results, and discusses key issues associated with the design of filters to mitigate the risk of dam cracking.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Field Testing of Crushed Ignimbrite for Seismic Retrofit Of Matahina Dam

Chicago, Illinois

The performance of zoned embankment dams depends on the ability of filter and drain zones to prevent seepage erosion and piping of impervious materials, while providing adequate internal drainage. Because cracking of filter and drain zones might compromise their function, special care is typically exercised to build such zones of cohesionless materials that are unable to support cracks. Limited information is available on the cracking susceptibility of filter and drain materials manufactured by rock crushing. This paper presents a case history of field and laboratory testing of a crushed ignimbrite rock to evaluate its suitability as filter and drain material for the seismic retrofit of Matahina Dam to withstand foundation fault rupture. The paper presents the field and laboratory test results, and discusses key issues associated with the design of filters to mitigate the risk of dam cracking.