Assessment of the Upstream Slope Stability of Darbandikhan Rockfill Dam during Drawdown

Keywords: Drawdown rate, Earth/Rockfill dam, Factor of safety, GeoStudio 2012, Pore water pressure

Abstract

Earth and rockfill dams face a variety of loading conditions during lifetime. One of the most critical loading conditions is the rapid drawdown of water level after steady state conditions. Rapid drawdown may cause instability of upstream slope of the dam. The present work examines the stability of a rockfill dam under different drawdown rates in terms of factor of safety for the upstream slope of the dam. For this purpose, a computer software named GeoStudio 2012 SEEP/W and SLOPE/W has been used for the numerical analysis. The results showed that the drawdown rate has a significant effect on stability of rockfill dam in which increasing the drawdown rate from 1 m/day to 10 m/day decreases the stability of the dam by 33%. Based on the outcomes, for the studied case the drawdown rate (1 m/day) can be recommended.

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Author Biographies

Sirwan Gh. Salim, 1Department of City Planning, Technical College of Engineering, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region – F.R. Iraq

Sirwan Ghafoor Salim is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of City Planning, Technical College of Engineering, Sulaiamni Polytechnic University, Kurdistan region, Iraq. He got the B.Sc. degree from the University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan region, Iraq, and the M.Sc. degree from Nottingham University, UK. His research interests are in dam engineering, foundation engineering and soil&rock mechanics.

Krikar M. G. Noori, Koya Technical Institute, Erbil Polytechnic University, Koya, Kurdistan Region – F.R. Iraq

Krikar M. Gharrib Noori is a Lecturer at the Koya Technical Institute, Erbil Polytechnic University, Kurdistan region, Iraq. He got the BSc degree in Koya University, Kurdistan region, Iraq, and the MSc degree in Nottingham University, UK. His research interests are in earth and rockfill dam, tunnelling, ground improvement, soil&rock mechanics and foundation engineering.

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Published
2021-03-01
How to Cite
Salim, S. G. and Noori, K. M. G. (2021) “Assessment of the Upstream Slope Stability of Darbandikhan Rockfill Dam during Drawdown”, ARO-THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF KOYA UNIVERSITY, 9(1), pp. 8-15. doi: 10.14500/aro.10678.
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