Electro-Osmotic Stabilization of West Branch Dam

by Claude A. Fetzer,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 4, Pg. 85-106

Document Type: Journal Paper


After foundation movement occurred during the construction of West Branch (Mahoning River) Dam, electro-osmotic stabilization was used to reduce pore-water pressures in the foundation, thus enabling completion of the 80-ft high earth embankment. The electro-osmotic system and its installation are described, and the results achieved are presented. A bibliography on electro-osmosis is included.

Subject Headings: Dam foundations | Osmosis | Dams | Foundation construction | Infrastructure construction | River bank stabilization | Earthfill dams | Pore water

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