Seismic Design of Concrete Faced Rockfill Dams

by H. Bolton Seed,
Raymond B. Seed,
S. S. Lai,
B. Khamenehpour,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Concrete Face Rockfill Dams—Design, Construction, and Performance

Discussion: Von Thun J. Lawrence (See full record)


The results of analytical studies of the stability of the slopes of concrete-faced rockfill dams under different levels of earthquake shaking are presented and used to propose desirable slopes for these types of structures. The analytical results are also compared with typical slopes used in past and current practice. Conclusions are drawn concerning desirable slopes for CFR dams in areas of low, moderate and high seismicity.

Subject Headings: Dynamic structural analysis | Slope stability | Structural stability | Plastic design | Water pressure | Earthfill dams | Concrete dams

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