Earthquake Resistance of Rock-Fill Dams

by Ray W. Clough,
David Pirtz,

Serial Information: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1958, Vol. 123, Issue 1, Pg. 792-810

Document Type: Journal Paper


Tests on effects of earthquakes on rock fill dams with earthen cores were performed on 1/150 scale models of two types of dams, one having inclined core near upstream face, and other having central core; models were subjected simultaneously to water loadings and to simulated earthquakes; test results show that rock fill dams inherently are very resistant to earthquakes because of their flexible structure.

Subject Headings: Rock fills | Load tests | Earthquakes | Earthfill dams | Load and resistance factor design | Rockfill dams | Hydraulic models | Scale models

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