Mechanics of Inclined Filters in Earth Dams

by V. J. Patel,
A. V. Gopala Krishnayya,
K. L. Arora,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 2, Pg. 87-110

Document Type: Journal Paper


The effect of filters in earth dams is examined. It is found that the critical slip circle is a function of the upstream slope only. It is shown that the validity of rapid drawdown in highly impervious material has no effect on the factor of safety. A chart is given that can be used for the design of earth dams.

Subject Headings: Filters | Earthfill dams | Rivers and streams | Slopes | Drawdown (hydrology) | Safety

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