Asphalt-Concrete Water Barriers for Embankment Dams

by Patrick J. Creegan, Vice President; Parsons-Engineering-Science, Inc., CA,
Carl L. Monismith, Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-7844-0141-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0141-1 (ISBN-10), 1996, Soft Cover, Pg. xiii, 169
23 cm
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


Because of its simplicity in design and construction, the asphalt concrete core is rapidly becoming the water barrier of choice for embankment dams in many parts of the world. This is especially true in regions with a short construction season and/or a shortage of impervious soils at workable water contents, such as cold, mountainous regions. Although asphalt concrete has been used extensively in Europe and Japan for the past 45 years, there is a need for increased awareness of this important tool in the United States. This book discusses the uses and potential uses of asphalt in embankment dams, in particular the design and construction of asphalt concrete cores or asphalt concrete facings as the water barrier of an embankment dam.

Subject Headings: Asphalt concrete | Embankment dams | Concrete dams | Water shortage | Soil water | Infrastructure construction | Concrete construction | Europe | Japan | Asia | United States


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