geology of embankment dams

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Dams are constructed of earth and rock materials and are generally referred to as embankment dams or fill-type dams. The history of construction of embankment dams is much older than that of concrete dams. It is evident that some earth dams were constructed about 3,000 years ago in the cradles of ancient cultures such as east countries.

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CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTION1.0: BackgroundDams are constructed of earth and rock materials and are generally referred to as embankment dams or fill-type dams. The history of construction of embankment dams is much older than that of concrete dams. It is evident that some earth dams were constructed about 3,000 years ago in the cradles of ancient cultures such as east countries. Two major distinct features and advantages are noticed for the construction of embankment dams. Rigorous conditions are not required for the dam foundation, while hard and sound rock foundation is necessary for concrete dams. Embankment dams can be constructed even on the alluvial deposit and pervious foundations. Construction of embankment dams has an economical advantage and construction materials are principally to be supplied near the dam site (Chanson, 2009).1.1:Geology of Embankment Dams There are three main steps of working in a dam project: i.e., investigation, design and construction. Individual works in these three steps are summarized as listed below with key words associated with them. InvestigationDesignConstructionInvestigation: This process involves checking of dam planning for appropriate purposes and it involves various survey procedures such as; Metrological surveys, Foundation survey and Fill materials. CHAPTER TWODESIGN AND TYPES OF EMBANKMENT DAMS2.0: Design of Embankment DamsThe design of an embankment dam involves the following; stabilizing dam body agains

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