Accession Number : ADA293238

Title :   SMIAC Bulletin, Volume 95-3, April 1995. Soil Research Program.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

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Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : A critically important civil works-funded research and development effort of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers aims to improve safety and economy in design, construction, and operation of earth and rock-fill dams and other water control structures. This effort is defined by the Soils Research Program. The emphasis is on soil properties that significantly influence the performance of embankments, foundations, and appurtenant structures. Performance with respect to safety is the uppermost concern; improved efficiency, alternative methods and materials, better understanding of phenomena and processes, and more effective means of evaluating uncertainties are major factors. Work units are established to address specific technical deficiencies and provide cost-effective problem solutions to the user. Work units address the testing of soils containing large particles, analysis of large deformations, and soil behavior under generalized stress paths. Others include the interpretation of in-situ tests, laboratory determination of soil properties, and methods of soil reinforcement. Future work units are planned to develop improvements in the application of analytical techniques and to make use of centrifuge modeling to address complex soil dynamics problems and eliminate the need for expensive, full-size prototypes. Future issues of the SMIAC Current Awareness Bulletin will highlight the status of some of these efforts. (MM)

Descriptors :   *SOIL MECHANICS, *SOIL STRUCTURE INTERACTIONS, *EARTH DAMS, *ROCKFILL DAMS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, STRESS ANALYSIS, DEFORMATION, SAFETY, FOUNDATIONS(STRUCTURES), EMBANKMENTS, SOIL STABILIZATION, EARTH FILLS.

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics
      Civil Engineering

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