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Title: Complete soil-structure interaction analyses of I-walls embedded in level ground during flood loading
Authors: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Program (U.S.)
Pace, Michael E.
Abraham, Kevin, 1962-
Ebeling, Robert M., 1954-
Keywords: Complete soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis
Hurricane Katrina
Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Program Research Program
Water Resources
Flood control
Publisher: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/ITL TR ; 12-4.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report extends the 2007 investigation of I-wall performance during flood loading to I-walls located in regions of the United States outside New Orleans, Louisiana. Specifically, this study investigates I-walls embedded in level ground consisting of four different soils that are stronger and stiffer than the fine-grained New Orleans soils that were inspected during the 2007 Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) study. A focus of the study summarized in this report is the investigation of the development of a zone of separation along the flood side of the soil-to-I-wall interface. The effects of this zone of separation on the resulting deformation and stress conditions in the soil regime on both the flood side and landside of the I-wall system were then examined. This study is restricted to level soil flood wall sites. The landside is referred to as the protected side in some figures in this report. This investigation relies on a complete soil-structure interaction (SSI) method of analysis. In this procedure, the soil foundation, I-wall, and interface between the I-wall and the soil (on both sides of the I-wall) all are modeled using finite elements; both the soil and interface properties are modeled as nonlinear materials; and flood loadings are incrementally raised to the design flood pool elevation. A hydraulic fracturing criterion is applied to determine if a gap develops on the flood side of the I-wall and if it propagates down the soil-to-I-wall interface during the incremental flood loadings. Soil stresses, the level of mobilized shear strength, gap depth, I-wall deflections, shear forces, and bending moments internal to the sheet piling are computed in the complete SSI analyses at the incremental flood elevations. Results presented in this report will be used to prepare a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) guidance document for flood I-walls.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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