Slope Stability Analysis in Embankment Dam Under Static Condition Using Numerical Model (Case Study: LegeamaraEarthen Dam)

Authors

  • Asalf Shumete Eshete * Department of Hydraulics and Water Resource Engineering, Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo Uni- versity, Kombolcha, Ethiopia
  • Getnet Solomon Temtime Department of Hydraulics and Water Resource Engineering, Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo Uni- versity, Kombolcha, Ethiopia
  • Vijaykumar Nagappa Department of Civil Engineering, Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo University, Kombolcha, Ethiopia
  • Fikru Fentaw Abera Department of Hydraulics and Water Resource Engineering, Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Wollo Uni- versity, Kombolcha, Ethiopia
* Corresponding author: fikrufentaw@gmail.com

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20372/ajec.2022.v2.i1.550

Abstract

Slope stability is now the most important factor in determining the overall safety of earthen dams. The primary goal of this study was to assess the slope
stability of the Legeamara earthen dam found in South Wollo, Ethiopia. The GeoStudio software was used to analyze the slope stability safety factors using
SLOPE/W in various operational scenarios. In this study, the slope stability analysis for each state and each slope with American Crops Engineer #1 and #2, Ordinary, Bishop, Jambu, Morgenstern-Price, and Spencer methods, calculated that the minimum factor of safety in each of those methods, being considered as a safety factor of slope stability. The three different loading conditions were analyzed i.e., end of construction (upstream and downstream slope), steady-state (upstream and downstream slope) at EL 2449 m, and rapid drawdown (upstream and downstream slope) with a minimum factor of safety 2.09,1.93, 2.07, 1.35, 2.14 and 1.91 respectively from all methods of Limit Equilibrium slope stability analysis. Using the recommended dam design standards bythe United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the British Dam Association (BDS),the slope stability analysis of the Legeamara earthen dam is safe at all critical load conditions. And, it is found that Legeamara dam is able to withstand stresses at all load conditions as the minimum factor of safety lies between (2.098-2.246) and (1.93-2.003) in upstream and downstream, respectively.

Keywords:

Slope Stability, Legeamara Earthen Dam, SLOPE/W, GeoStudio

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Published

2022-01-01

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Shumete Eshete, A. ., Solomon Temtime, G. ., Nagappa, V. ., & Fentaw Abera, F. . (2022). Slope Stability Analysis in Embankment Dam Under Static Condition Using Numerical Model (Case Study: LegeamaraEarthen Dam) . Abyssinia Journal of Engineering and Computing, 2(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.20372/ajec.2022.v2.i1.550

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