Effect of Seepage in Cracks in Older Gravity Dams

by Bernard Amadei, Univ of Colorado, United States,
B. Alex Grenoble, Univ of Colorado, United States,
Tissa H. Illangasekare, Univ of Colorado, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


One of the many problems encountered by dam designers is that of estimating uplift pressures in cracks within older concrete dams. As part of ongoing research, we are investigating this problem through a combination of laboratory, field and mathematical models. Some results of field tests and mathematical models are presented.

Subject Headings: Gravity dams | Seepage | Cracking | Concrete dams | Hydraulic models | Mathematical models | Drainage systems | Field tests

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