Design of Underseepage Control Measures for Dams and Levees

by W. J. Turnbull,
C. I. Mansur,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 5, Pg. 129-160

Document Type: Journal Paper


Methods of controlling seepage and excessive hydrostatic pressures beneath dams and levees founded on deep strata of pervious sands are presented in this paper. The principles involved in the different methods of under-seepage control are also considered. Although the design of seepage control measures is not an exact science, formulas and criteria for preparing a rational design of such are given. These are based on known seepage laws, laboratory tests, and field observations.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Seepage | Dams | Levees and dikes | Field tests | Hydrostatic pressure | Soil pressure | Laboratory tests

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