Seepage and Leakage from Dams and Impoundments

by Richard L. Volpe, (M.ASCE), Geotechnical Consultant; Los Gatos, Calif. 95030,
William E. Kelly, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Chmn.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. 68588,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-448-1 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-448-X (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. vi, 324
22 cm
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Conference information: A Symposium of ASCE Convention | Denver, Colorado, United States | May 5, 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


All major dams and impoundments are usually analyzed to determine the magnitude and location of seepage that can occur under, around or through the structure. More often than not, seepage protection elements within the dam or impoundment, in the form of geotextiles, natural filters and drains, are included in the design in order to control, collect and safely discharge the collected fluids. Darcy's Law has been successfully used by civil engineers for many decades for problems involving saturated flow, especially for the design of water retention dams. More recently, however, a new class of problems that deal with partially saturated leakage from waste impoundments has evolved. This latter class of problem can pose a serious environmental hazard if the leachate is toxic and it is not effectively collected and treated.

Subject Headings: Water storage | Seepage | Dams | Hydraulic design | Structural analysis | Geosynthetics | Filters | Drainage


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