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Embankment Dams : James L. Sherard Contributions

Embankment Dams : James L. Sherard Contributions

Embankment dams are structures that use natural materials such as soil, rock, or sand to create a barrier across a river or stream. They are widely used for water supply, irrigation, flood control, hydropower, and recreation purposes. Embankment dams can be classified into two main types: earth dams and rockfill dams. Earth dams are made of compacted soil, while rockfill dams are made of compacted rock fragments. Both types of embankment dams require an impervious core or face to prevent seepage and erosion.


One of the most influential figures in the field of embankment dam engineering was Dr. James L. Sherard, who made many contributions to the design, construction, and performance of embankment dams. He was a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University and a consultant for several dam projects around the world. He authored or co-authored more than 100 papers on various aspects of embankment dam engineering, such as seismic design, dispersive clays, hydraulic fracturing, filters, and concrete face rockfill dams. He received many awards and honors for his work, including the Karl Terzaghi Award and the Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

In 1992, ASCE published a memorial volume dedicated to Dr. Sherard, titled "Embankment Dams : James L. Sherard Contributions" . The volume contains 21 papers written by Dr. Sherard or his co-authors on topics related to embankment dam engineering. The papers are preceded by an introduction prepared by either a co-author or someone closely associated with the work. The papers cover a wide range of subjects, such as:

  • A review of experience with asphaltic concrete impervious cores in embankment dams .

  • Earthquake considerations in earth dam design .

  • Piping in earth dams of dispersive clay .

  • Hydraulic fracturing in embankment dams .

  • The use of filters to prevent internal erosion in embankment dams .

  • The development and performance of concrete face rockfill dams .

The memorial volume is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the state-of-the-art of embankment dam engineering and the legacy of Dr. Sherard. The papers are considered seminal works that have influenced the practice and research of embankment dam engineering for decades. The papers also demonstrate the breadth and depth of Dr. Sherard's knowledge and experience in the field.

If you want to read more about the memorial volume or order a copy, you can visit the ASCE website or search for it on Google Books or WorldCat . You can also find some of Dr. Sherard's papers online on ResearchGate or .

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and learned something new about embankment dams and Dr. Sherard's contributions.

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