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Mechanics of slide dams

Abstract

Studies which promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful projects in engineering are sponsored by the Atomic Energy Commission under the Plowshare program. Specific projects being considered include the construction of harbors, canals, and dams. Of these projects, perhaps the most difficult to accomplish will be the latter. This paper which is in two parts considers the problems which are associated with the construction of slide dams with nuclear explosives. It examines first the characteristics of conventional earth and rock-fill dams which are based upon proven techniques developed after many years of experience. The characteristics of natural landslide dams are also briefly considered to identify potential problems that must be overcome by slide dam construction techniques. Second, the mechanics of slide dams as determined from small-scale laboratory studies are presented. It is concluded that slide dams can be constructed and that small-scale field tests and additional laboratory studies are justified. (author)
Authors:
Young, G A [1] 
  1. Engineering, Agbabian-Jacobsen Associates, Los Angeles (United States)
Publication Date:
May 15, 1970
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-700101(vol.2); INIS-XA-N-229
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on engineering with nuclear explosives, Las Vegas, NV (United States), 14-16 Jan 1970; Other Information: 20 refs, 21 figs; Related Information: In: Symposium on engineering with nuclear explosives. Proceedings. Volume 2, 935 pages.
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; DAMS; HARBORS; INLAND WATERWAYS; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; PLOWSHARE PROJECT; US AEC
OSTI ID:
20768831
Research Organizations:
American Nuclear Society, Hindsdale, IL (United States); United States Atomic Energy Commission (United States)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04N0902075298
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 1198-1221
Announcement Date:
Sep 23, 2006

Citation Formats

Young, G A. Mechanics of slide dams. IAEA: N. p., 1970. Web.
Young, G A. Mechanics of slide dams. IAEA.
Young, G A. 1970. "Mechanics of slide dams." IAEA.
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year = {1970}
month = {May}
}