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Title: Field measurements in earth dams
Author: Vaughan, Peter Rolfe
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 1965
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It is now standard engineering practice to use field measurements in embankment dams to examine their behaviour and stability. This thesis describes a number of such measurements with which the Author has been associated. The thesis is divided into two volumes. In Volume 1, Ch.2-5 the principles of field measurement are discussed and details of piezometers and deformation gauges are given: The measurement of effective stress in partly saturated soil is discussed, as is the problem of sealing a piezometer into a borehole. In-situ tests on piezometers are described, and some of the problems associated with measuring settlements and total stress are treated. of In the second Volume/the thesis case histories are presented which illustrate field measurements of the behaviour of embankment dams during construction, rapid drawdown and steady seepage conditions. Particular attention is paid to the comparison of field behaviour with predictions made on the basis of current design theories and laboratory tests.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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