Evaluating Uplift Pressures for Concrete Gravity Dams

by James K. Meisenheimer, Stone & Webster Engineering Corp, United States,
Craig W. Harris, Stone & Webster Engineering Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


An approach for evaluating uplift and dam foundation conditions, which resulted from the initial phases of an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) study is presented. An earlier study found that uplift data is very limited and that misconceptions concerning uplift are widespread. This study includes the development of guidelines for core drilling, piezometer installation and laboratory testing for stability analyses of concrete gravity dams, field and laboratory work at a variety of concrete gravity dams, and collection of uplift data for different foundation conditions.

Subject Headings: Concrete dams | Gravity dams | Laboratory tests | Uplifting behavior | Field tests | Electric power | Drilling | Dam foundations

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