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 Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 2017), Pages: 105-116


 Original Research Paper

 Title: Determination of the safety factor of the slope in homogenous low-height earth dams using pseudo-static stability analysis

 Author(s): Meisam Imandash 1, Seyed Mohammad Mirmoa'zen 2, Mohammad Nikookar 2, *


 1Department of Civil Engineering, University of Semnan, Semnan, Iran
 2Department of Civil Engineering, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran

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The Stability of earth structures is among the most important problems in geotechnical engineering. Since earthquakes are very important reasons for the instability of these structures, the dynamic analysis of earth structures is of high importance. Homogenous low-height earth dams are one of the most widely used types of earth structures. These dams, which are usually waterproofed with geomembranes, are very suitable for storing water and other liquids. Due to having low costs and not being difficult to construct, they don’t need complicated engineering calculations and to ensure their safety, only knowing the slopes of the embankments will suffice. In this study, a set of graphs is provided, which makes it possible to quickly calculate the safety factor of the slopes in earth dams up to 10m high under static and pseudo-static conditions. In this paper, a numerical comparison between different methods for the analysis of the stability potentials of the slopes during earthquakes is also presented. 

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 Keywords: Earth dam, Slope, Safety factor, Stability

 Article History: Received 21 July 2017, Received in revised form 22 September 2017, Accepted 1 October 2017

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 Imandash M, Mirmoa'zen SM, and Nikookar M (2017). Determination of the safety factor of the slope in homogenous low-height earth dams using pseudo-static stability analysis. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 4(12): 105-116

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