American Society of Civil Engineers

Effect of Seepage in Cracks in Older Gravity Dams

by Bernard Amadei, (Univ of Colorado, United States), B. Alex Grenoble, (Univ of Colorado, United States), and Tissa H. Illangasekare, (Univ of Colorado, United States)

pp. 353-363

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Waterpower ’89
Abstract: One of the many problems encountered by dam designers is that of estimating uplift pressures in cracks within older concrete dams. As part of ongoing research, we are investigating this problem through a combination of laboratory, field and mathematical models. Some results of field tests and mathematical models are presented.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Concrete dams
Drainage systems
Field tests
Gravity dams
Mathematical models

Author Keywords:
Dams, Gravity
Concrete Testing - Dams, Concrete--Cracking - Dams--Uplift Pressure - Mathematical Models
Field Tests - Model Calibration - Uplift Quantification