Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

4-2-1995

Session End Date

4-7-1995

Abstract

The under construction Karameh dam is situated in the Dead Sea Rift (32.00°N, 35.50°E), the boundary between the Arabian and African-Sinai plates. The primary seismic source contributing to the hazard at the Karameh dam site is the active Jordan Valley fault which extends from the Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee (from 30.90°N to 32.93°N at a longitude of 35.50°E), with an expected maximum earthquake magnitude of 7.8, and passes under the right abutment of the dam body. This paper presents the analysis of the dam under the earthquake loading. This includes the stability analysis of dam embankment under seismic loading, the expected displacement of the dam body, and the liquefaction potential and its associated displacement. The results of analysis indicate that the dam can resist an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 without catastrophic failure, and the fault rupture will not exceed 4.0 m. Also, liquefaction may occur in the foundation layers, which is expected to result in a crest settlement of 4.4 m.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-2-1995

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1995 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Karameh Earth Dam, A Challenging Project

St. Louis, Missouri

The under construction Karameh dam is situated in the Dead Sea Rift (32.00°N, 35.50°E), the boundary between the Arabian and African-Sinai plates. The primary seismic source contributing to the hazard at the Karameh dam site is the active Jordan Valley fault which extends from the Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee (from 30.90°N to 32.93°N at a longitude of 35.50°E), with an expected maximum earthquake magnitude of 7.8, and passes under the right abutment of the dam body. This paper presents the analysis of the dam under the earthquake loading. This includes the stability analysis of dam embankment under seismic loading, the expected displacement of the dam body, and the liquefaction potential and its associated displacement. The results of analysis indicate that the dam can resist an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 without catastrophic failure, and the fault rupture will not exceed 4.0 m. Also, liquefaction may occur in the foundation layers, which is expected to result in a crest settlement of 4.4 m.