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New quasi-natural constructions for flood retention reservoir dams subject to overtopping and testing of dam safety investigation methods
Project manager:Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bernhard Westrich
Research assistants:Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Siebel
Bernd Zweschper
Duration:1.11.2000 - 31.12.2003
Funding:externer Link Projektträgerschaft Baden-Württemberg Programm Lebensgrundlage Umwelt und ihre Sicherung (BWPLUS)
  • "Neue naturnahe Bauweisen für überströmbare Dämme“ BWPLUS-Statusseminar 11.-12. März 2003, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
  • „Überströmbare Erddämme und Deiche – Erosionssichere Deckwekre, Bodenverfestigung, Bemessungsgrundlagen“ Symposium „Notsicherung von Dämmen & Deichen“ 7. Februar 2003, Universität Siegen
  • „Bemessung und Konstruktion für Steinwurf, Steinsatz und Geogittermatratzen“ LfU-Fachtagung, 11. November 2003, FhT Stuttgart
Project Partners:Institut für Geotechnik, Uni Stuttgart
Comments:externer Link Link zu BW-Plus

This project is part of the research area:
Wasserbau & Wasserkraft

Publications: Link


One possibility to protect earthdams against strong hydrodynamic loading by overtopping water is to apply a slope protection layer with stones. For a riprap slope protection and a stonemattress wrapped by a geogrid the two failure mechanisms "erosion of a single stone" and "sliding of the whole slope protection layer" have been determined by dint of modell tests. The single stone erosion criteria is based on statistics while for the sliding of the whole slope protection layer a deterministic approach has been chosen. For the use of cohesive soils stabilised with lime or cement as suitable construction materials for dams that are subject to overtopping, an important criterion is their permanent resistance against erosion under all weather conditions. Tests on stabilised samples have shown a great improvement of the resistance against erosion. Uniaxial compression tests were performed to examine the influence of different types of binders, their added shares and the time for setting. On mixtures of soil and binder that have shown great resistance to frost, thawing , drying and wetting erosion tests were performed right after they have been subject to frost and thawing in a climatic chamber. They have still shown a great resistance against erosion. Furthermore a new non-invasive seepage detection method for earthdams has been tested. It has been found that this method is a convenient alternative to other geophysical methods.