Accession Number : ADA327534

Title :   In Situ Geophysical Investigation to Evaluate Dynamic Soil Properties at Success Dam, California.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL LAB

Personal Author(s) : Liopis, Jose L. ; Lee, Landris T. ; Green, Russell A.

PDF Url : ADA327534

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : An in situ geophysical investigation was conducted at Success Dam, California, to determine the shear wave (S-wave) velocities of the dam and foundation. The S-wave values are used in conjunction with conventional field and laboratory soil testing methods to provide soil property values for an earthquake analysis of the dam and foundation. The investigation consisted of S-wave crosshole and S-wave and compression wave (P-wave) surface seismic refraction tests along with downhole conductivity and gamma logging. S-wave velocities as a function of depth were determined for the upstream and downstream shell of the dam as well for the alluvium foundation. The crosshole results indicate an average true S-wave velocity range of between 500 and 1,100 fps for the upstream shell and 700 and 1,400 fps for the downstream shell. The crosshole results indicate that the average true S-wave velocities for the alluvium foundation beneath the upstream shell vary between 700 and 2,000 fps and between 1,800 and 2,200 fps below the downstream shell. The crosshole S-wave tests indicate an average true velocity range of between 650 and 1,730 fps along the downstream toe of the dam. Seismic refraction S-wave results run along the downstream toe indicate true velocities between 400 and 5,125 fps. The crosshole S-wave velocity profiles show velocities increasing with depth at a lower rate for the upstream shell materials than for the downstream shell materials. Anomalously low crosshole S-wave velocities are found in the upstream shell and alluvium at Sta. 28+80.

Descriptors :   *SOIL DYNAMICS, *DAMS, VELOCITY, SEISMIC DETECTION, ALLUVIUM, SEISMIC WAVES, REFRACTION, EARTHQUAKES, GEOPHYSICS, SOIL TESTS, ELASTIC WAVES, COMPRESSION WAVES.

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE