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Imaging the failure of a rock-fill dam following liquefaction

Heron, CM and Lam, A and Haigh, SK and Madabhushi, GSP (2013) Imaging the failure of a rock-fill dam following liquefaction. Dams and Reservoirs, 23. pp. 15-24. ISSN 1368-1494

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Rock-fill dams are popular in developing countries due to their ease of construction and use of local materials. They are used to store water and to provide flood defences. The presence of such dams in earthquake-prone regions poses risks, particularly from ground liquefaction. In this paper, results from physical model tests on dams with different configurations are presented. Model dams with impermeable cores including sheet pile walls and clay cores were tested and the effect of reservoir water was investigated. High-speed photography was used to capture the response of the model dams allowing the movement of foundation soil below the dam to be established. It is concluded that the stiffness of the impermeable core has a significant influence on the ultimate deformation of the dam. The presence of reservoir water led to increased downstream movements of the dam and differential settlements between the upstream and downstream sides.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:06
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2021 06:49
DOI: 10.1680/dare.13.00005