Accession Number : AD0748816

Title :   Earthquake Resistance of Earth and Rock-Fill Dams. Report 3. Feasibility of Simulating Earthquake Effects on Earth and Rock-Fill Dams Using Underground Nuclear Events.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS

Report Date : SEP 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 263

Abstract : Little information and experience are available regarding the earthquake resistance of earth and rock-fill dams, and the probability of collecting much data from strong-motion seismic instrumentation at existing dams within a few years is low. Because of the need to develop additional earthquake design criteria, the Advisory Board for Soil Mechanics of the Office, Chief of Engineers, suggested the possibility of subjecting a test embankment to ground motions produced by underground nuclear explosions. The Board suggested that the Waterways Experiment Station investigate the feasibility of such a test on a 50-ft-high, 300- to 400-ft-long embankment. This report is a preliminary study of some of the important aspects of the suggested experiment. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DAMS, *DAMAGE ASSESSMENT), (*EARTHQUAKES, DAMS), NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, REVETMENTS, SIMULATION, SOIL MECHANICS, DEFORMATION, EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT STRUCTURES, PREDICTIONS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Subject Categories : Seismology
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE