Earthquake Resistance of Rock-Fill Dams

by R.W. Clough,
D. Pirtz,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1956, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Pg. 1-26

Document Type: Journal Paper


Tests on effects of earthquakes on rock fill dams with earthen cores were performed on 1/150 scale models of two types of dams, one having inclined core near upstream face, and other having central core; models were subjected simultaneously to water loadings and to simulated earthquakes; test results show that rock fill dams inherently are very resistant to earthquakes because of their flexible structure.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Earthquakes | Load and resistance factor design | Rockfill dams | Rock fills | Earthfill dams | Hydraulic models | Scale models

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