Current USA Practices: Slurry Wall Specifications

by Richard A. Millet, (M.ASCE), Principal; Woodward-Clyde Consultants, 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, Calif. 94111,
Jean-Yves Perez, (M.ASCE), Assoc.; Woodward-Clyde Consultants, 11 East Adams Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, Ill. 60603,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 8, Pg. 1041-1056

Document Type: Journal Paper


The critical design criteria and the resulting specifications for slurry trench diaphragm walls and cutoff walls are discussed. To establish diaphragm and cutoff slurry wall design criteria and specifications, the designer must clearly establish the objectives or end results that are to be obtained, and shape his specifications accordingly. There are many portions or applications of slurry wall work where truly an end-result specification may be appropriate. However, the application of end-result specifications in the present practice is a long way off until the owners and engineers gain a more thorough understanding and knowledge of the technical and construction procedures involved in slurry trench work.

Subject Headings: Core walls | Diaphragm walls | Slurries | Slurry walls | Trenches | Diaphragms (structural) | Owners | Construction management | United States

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