Soils and Rocks

Lectures
<p>In this paper geotechnical design is addressed and particularly Static and Seismic Pile Foundation Design by Load Tests and Calculation Models. Within this framework Eurocode 7 – Geotechnical Design and Eurocode 8 – Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance are introduced. The ultimate limit states and the serv...
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<p>In embankment dams and dam foundations, internal erosion is the major cause of structural dam failures and incidents. Internal erosion develops locally along concentrated leaks or in the largest flow velocity zones, where the permeability is high, and at the interface between coarse and fine materials, where the flow velocity in coarse material maybe hi...
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<p>Three case histories of dam engineering related topics are presented as previous knowledge and experience would not have led to predict their impact on dam design. The Lecture honours Prof. Victor de Mello by discussing the Balbina HPP where Prof. de Mello led the saprolite foundation design when ancient termite canaliculae were found, imposing the need...
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<p>At this time, there is a crisis associated with concern over the safety of tailings dams and lack of trust in their design and performance. This crisis has resulted from recent high-profile failures of dams at locations with strong technical experience, conscientious operators, and established regulatory procedures. It is the primary intent of this Lect...
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