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Title: Soil-structure-foundation interaction analysis of new roller-compacted concrete, north lock wall at McAlpine Locks
Authors: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Louisville District.
Ebeling, Robert M., 1954-
Wahl, Ronald E.
Keywords: McAlpine Lock
McAlpine Locks and Dam
Ohio River
Roller-compacted concrete
Soil-structure interaction
Soil mechanics
Hydraulic structures
Structural analysis
Publisher: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; ITL-97-5.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: A new lock is to be constructed at the McAlpine Locks on the Ohio River at L.ouisville, KY. The new lock chamber will be defined by rock-founded, gravity, earth-retaining monoliths. One of the alternatives is to construct the walls using roller-compacted concrete (RCC) with a concrete facing, with the culverts located in the floor of the lock chamber. The principal objective of this study is to assess the soil-to-structure-to-foundation interactions of a typical RCC lock wall two-dimensional section. Due to the nature of the problem, the conventional analysis techniques, which are based upon the equations of equilibrium and assumed stress distributions made along imaginary sections, did not provide sufficient information to satisfactorily evaluate the performance of this structure with regard to its interaction with the rock foundation and soil backfill. The general-purpose, nonlinear, incremental construction, finite element computer program, SOILSTRUCT-ALPHA is used to analyze the complex interactions among the lock, the backfill, and the foundation rock strata. The analysis is accomplished in three phases. The first phase of the analysis introduces the self-weight of the existing locks and existing backfills to the shale and limestone foundation. The second phase models the incremental construction of the RCC lock wall and the incremental placement of the (moist) backfill behind the wall. The third and final phase of the soil-structure interaction analysis models the postconstruction, partial submergence of the site. The complete soil-structure-rock foundation interaction analysis of the north wall section of the new McAlpine Lock is modeled using 38 stages of loading in the SOILSTRUCf-ALPHA analysis. The results of this analysis are described in detail in this report.
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