Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
| Editors: Michael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Siu-Kui Au

Seismic Design of Dams

  • Guoxi WuEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_96


CSR; Design seismic parameters; Earthfill dams; Factor of safety; Granular and plastic soils; Limit equilibrium; Newmark sliding block; Nonlinear finite element analysis; Performance-based design; PWP model; Risk analysis; Soil liquefaction; SPT; Time history


Design of new dams or safety evaluation of existing dams for seismic loads is standard practice and routinely required. In a broad term, dams can be classified into three types – concrete dam, rock-fill dam, and earthfill dam – and seismic design can be at a dam safety level and/or at a serviceability level.

This entry provides contents and discusses methods for design and analysis of earthfill dams at a dam safety level where the ultimate limit state is applied for the highest level of design earthquake loads. For dam safety, dam failure is the primary concern; for serviceability consideration, the dam should remain functional and any damages should be easily repairable under this level of earthquake loads.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wutec Geotechnical InternationalNew Westminster, Metro VancouverCanada