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Embankment dams and

M. Seid-Karbasi and P.M. Byrne, University of British Columbia, Canada
A number of embankment dams have failed or suffered major displacements during earthquakes
as a result of liquefaction. Numerical modelling methods can provide a powerful tool to predict
the response of the dam-foundation system to earthquakes for use in the design of new dams or
safety assessments of existing fill dams. A dynamic analysis procedure is presented here based
on element test data observed in cyclic tests and verified by a comparison with model tests and
field experience. The method is applied to the case of the Mochikoshi tailings dams in Japan.

In this paper, a dynamic analysis procedure, which

number of earth dams have failed or suffered
large displacements during past earthquakes. captures the element data observed in cyclic laborato-
Fig. 1 shows that earthquake is a major cause ry tests and verified by comparison with model tests
(the second, accounting for 17 per cent) of failures of and field experience is applied to the Mochikoshi dam.
tailings dams [USCOLD, 19941]. Based on such analyses, implications for the design of
In most cases, the damage has occurred as a result of impoundment structures to resist seismic loading are
a large reduction in the stiffness and strength of soil examined.
(liquefaction). Classic examples of liquefaction dam-
age are the behaviour of the San Fernando dams dur- 1. Soil liquefaction
ing the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, California. Seismic liquefaction refers to a sudden loss in stiffness
The crest of the upper dam moved downstream about and strength of soil as a result of cyclic loading effects
1.5 m, while a flow slide on the upstream side of the of an earthquake. This loss arises from a tendency for
lower dam, some moments after the severe shaking, soil to contract under cyclic loading, and if such con-
removed the crest of the lower dam as shown in the traction is prevented or curtailed by the presence of
photograph ( water in the pores that cannot escape, it leads to a rise
A number of mine tailings impoundment dams have in porewater pressure and a resulting decrease in
also suffered severe damage as a result of liquefaction effective stress. If the effective stress drops to zero
during past earthquakes. The most notable examples (100 per cent porewater pressure rise), the strength
are the Mochikoshi dams in Japan, which failed dur- and stiffness also drop to zero and the soil behaves as
ing the 1978 Izu-Ohshim-Kinkai earthquake as a a heavy liquid. However, unless the soil is very loose,
result of liquefaction-induced flow slides, resulting in it will dilate and regain some stiffness and strength, as
release of the tailings, as shown in Fig. 2. One dam it strains. If this strength is sufficient, it will prevent a
failed during the shaking, while a second failed 24 flow slide from occurring, but may still result in
hours later. excessive displacements commonly referred to as lat-
Our understanding of the seismic behaviour of earth eral spreading. In addition, even for level ground con-
structures has increased considerably in the past 30 ditions where there is no possibility of a flow slide and
years as a result of: lateral movements may be tolerable, very significant
• observations from field case histories; settlements may occur because of dissipation of
• extensive laboratory testing of soil elements under excess porewater pressures during and after the period
cyclic loading; of strong ground shaking.
Fig. 1. Statistics on
the causes of • model testing of earth structures under simulated
failure of tailings earthquake loading; and, 1.1 Assessment of liquefaction
dams. • development of numerical modelling procedures. Liquefaction assessment involves addressing the fol-
lowing concerns:
• Will liquefaction be triggered in significant zones of
the soil structure for the design earthquake? and,
• If so, could a flow slide occur? and if not,
• Are the displacements tolerable?

Failure of the Lower San Fernando dam.

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Arulanandan and Scott, [19933]. Fully coupled effec-

tive stress approaches have been developed by many
researchers, including Dafalias [19864], Prevost
[19895], Zienkiewicz et al. [19906], Byrne et al.
[19957], Beaty and Byrne [19978], Elgamal et al.
[19999], and Kramer and Arduino [199910].
In this paper, the UBCSAND model, as described by
Beaty and Byrne, is applied to the Mochikoshi dam.

2. The Mochikoshi tailings dams

The 1978 Izu-Ohshim-Kinkai earthquakes in Japan
caused two tailings dams owned by the Mochikoshi
gold mining company to fail as a result of liquefaction
of the tailings materials behind the dams. The earth-
quake consisted of a main shock with magnitude of
Fig. 2. Plan of the Mochikoshi tailings dams [Okusa and M7 and a large after shock of M5.8. Information on
Anma, 198013], showing the flow slides during failure. the failure of the Mochikoshi tailings dams can be
found in Marcuson et al. [197911], Marcuson [197912],
These effects can be assessed from state-of-practice Okusa and Anma [198013], Okusa et al. [198014,
total stress analysis procedures or from state-of-the- 198415], Ishihara [198416], and Ishihara et al. [199017].
art effective stress analysis procedures. A plan view of the tailings dams is shown in Fig. 2.
State-of-practice procedures address the above three Ishihara [198416] estimated that the peak ground
concerns with three separate analyses: a triggering acceleration at the dam sites was about 0.15 to 0.25 g.
analysis, a flow slide analysis, and a displacement Dam No. 1 failed during the main shaking. Dam No.2,
analysis. The triggering of liquefaction and the con- failed about 24 hours after the main shock. The
cern for a flow slide are addressed in a simplified man- delayed failure of the No. 2 dam was postulated to be
ner which provides predictions consistent with field due to upward movement of the phreatic surface
experience. However, predictions of displacements are resulting from liquefaction of the tailings deposits
generally based on a simple single-degree-of-freedom behind the dam [Ishihara 198416].
[Newmark, 19652] type analyses, and results are gen- The geotechnical information obtained at the dam
erally not consistent with field experience. Patterns of sites, in addition to the reported failure mechanism of
displacement, which control liner or membrane be- both dams, makes this case one of several unique case
haviour, cannot be predicted from such an approach. histories of dam failure caused by earthquake-induced
In state-of-the-art effective stress dynamic analyses, liquefaction. It has been used to check the validity of
porewater pressures are generated in response to the procedures proposed for predicting the deformation
applied earthquake motion and the stiffness and behaviour of earth-structures under earthquake load-
strength of the soil modified accordingly as shaking ing by researchers [for example Jitno and Byrne,
takes place. More rigorous analyses are based on an 199518, Olson, 200119 and Byrne and Seid-Karbasi,
elastic-plastic stress-strain law for the sand skeleton, 200320]. In this paper, the deformation behaviour of
that includes shear induced plastic volumetric strains, the Mochikoshi tailings dam No. 1 is examined using
and it is these strains under the constraint of the pore a dynamic coupled effective stress-flow analysis.
fluid stiffness that generate porewater pressure changes.
Such an approach allows coupled dynamic stress- 2.1 Earthquake effects on Dam No. 1
flow analyses to be carried out, in which both genera-
tion and dissipation of porewater pressures and their The cross-section of the dam is shown in Fig. 3 which
effects are considered for a specific base motion. The shows the geometry before and after the failure. The tail-
calibration and verification of such models is impor- ings impoundment was used to store gold mine waste,
tant and generally involves a two-step process: and the dam was built using an upstream construction
method, with a starter dam comprising volcanic soil.
• Simulate and capture the element behaviour as The impoundment had been in operation since 1964.
observed in laboratory cyclic tests: simple shear, tri- Dam No. 1 has a maximum height of 28 m, a crest
axial, and hollow cylinder. length of 73 m, and a crest width of 5 m. The water
• Simulate and compare predicted and observed table during the earthquake was approximately 3 m
dynamic response for a soil structure. below the slope surface and in the pond at top surface.
Ideally, an actual soil structure should be selected. The tailings dam failed catastrophically during the main
However, even for the best field case histories, such as shaking, and resulted in a flow of tailings down the val-
the San Fernando dams during the 1971 earthquake, ley over a distance of about 800 m [Ishihara, 198416].
neither the input motion nor the soil conditions are The guardian of the dam witnessed this catastrophic
adequately known. For this reason, verification is cur- event. According to him, as reported by Ishihara,
rently based on dynamic centrifuge tests. The first “within about 10 seconds of the shaking, the frontal
major verification of such models was reported by wall of the dam swelled, causing excessive vertical
movements at the crest...”. At this time, the tailings
had presumably liquefied.

2.2 Geotechnical conditions of the dam

The tailings materials consisted of 3 to 7 cm-thick lay-
ers of silt with a plasticity index of 10, and a non-
plastic sandy silt with an average fines content 80 per
cent (finer than sieve No. 200). The average standard
Fig. 3. Cross-section of Mochikoshi Dam No. 1 [Ishihara, 198416].
penetration resistance of the tailings reported in geo-

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technical drillings conducted about three weeks after and ϕ’ = 35º, and the permeability was reported to be
the failure was about zero to 2 above a depth of 15 m 10-4 cm/s. The average N value of starter dam was
and about 3 to 7 at greater depths. Ishihara [198416) reported to be about 5. The above properties were
noted that this low N value might have been caused by reported by Ishihara [198416]. This material was con-
soil remolding, as a result of liquefaction during the sidered to be non-liquefiable.
shaking. As demonstrated by Beaty and Byrne [19978],
for the flow failure at the Mufulira Mine in Zambia in 2.3 Numerical modelling
1970, mixing of sandy silt soils significantly reduced Dynamic analysis of the Mochikoshi Dam No.1 was
its strength, leading to further strength and stiffness carried out using the UBCSAND constitutive model
loss after liquefaction had been triggered. It is likely for the tailings materials. This is based on the elastic-
therefore that the original blow counts of the tailings at plastic stress strain model proposed by Byrne et al.
Mochikoshi were somewhat higher. It was assumed [199524], and has been further developed and extended
that the average N value was 2. The equivalent by Puebla et al. [199725; Puebla, 199926], and Beaty and
(N1 )60-cs corrected for overburden pressure and fines Byrne [199827]. The model has been successfully used
content based on Seed [198521] and Youd et al. [200122] to analyse foundation liquefaction and also to predict
was estimated to be 6 and 11 in the upper and lower the behaviour of remediation measures comparing cen-
parts of the slime, respectively. trifuge testing results [Seid-Karbasi, 200320].
The results of static triaxial tests on undisturbed tail- It is an incremental elastic-plastic model in which
ings indicated zero cohesion and a friction angle ϕ’ the yield loci are lines of constant stress ratio. The
varying between 30 and 39 degrees. The liquid limit of flow rule relating the plastic strain increment direc-
tailings varied between 27 and 31 per cent, whereas the tions is non-associated and leads to a plastic potential
moisture content ranged from 36 to 37 per cent. A water defined in terms of dilation angle. The model is
content greater than the liquid limit indicates that the implemented in the commercial computer code FLAC
tailings would be very susceptible to strength loss as (Fast Lagrangian analysis of Continua, ITASCA,
they sheared, as also noted by Bray et al [200423]. The 200028].
permeability of the materials was 10-4 and 10-7 cm/s in The appropriate parameters for the model can be
horizontal and vertical directions, respectively. The obtained directly from cyclic testing of undisturbed
void ratio of the tailings was 0.98 and 1.0 and specific samples from the site, or indirectly from field experi-
gravity was 2.72 and 2.74, respectively, for the sandy ence with similar soils during past earthquakes. The
silt and silt portions of the tailings [Ishihara, 198416]. common practice is the indirect approach, with lique-
The starter dam itself was placed and compacted by faction response expressed in terms of penetration
bulldozers, and consisted of a mixture of weathered resistance, and this approach was used here. The
tuffs and volcanic ash obtained from the borrow pit UBCSAND model has been calibrated to reproduce
adjacent to the dam. It comprised a mix of gravel, sand the Youd et al. [200122] triggering chart, which in turn
and silt and had a 65 per cent fines content. Its unit is based on field experience during past earthquakes
weight ranged between 14 and 19 kN/m3. The natural and is expressed in terms of Standard Penetration Test
moisture content ranged between 30 per cent and 60 resistance value, N1(60). The model properties to obtain
per cent, and the void ratio was 1.1 to 2.6. Triaxial such agreement are therefore expressed in terms of
tests on undisturbed samples resulted in C’=25 kPa N1(60). It has also been calibrated with cyclic simple
shear test data for Nevada sand as well as Fraser river
sand, and predicts triggering as well as post-triggering
response in close agreement with the data, as shown in
Fig. 4. The agreement is obtained by selecting an
N1(60) to give the best fit to data. In this way an N1(60)
value equivalent to the known relative density, Dr, of
the laboratory test sample is obtained.
The model grid, together with material types repre-
senting different parts of the dam in the analysis, is
illustrated in Fig. 5.
In the first-stage static analysis, the Mohr-Coulomb
model with stress-dependent materials properties was
used for all the parts. The soil was treated as equivalent
elastic and isotropic, using secant shear (G) and bulk
(B) moduli which vary with the stress level as follows:
G = kg . Pa . (σ’m /Pa)n ... (1)
B = kb . Pa . (σ’m /Pa) m
... (2)

Fig. 4. Comparison of
predicted and
measured response
for Fraser river sand
(a) stress path (b)
excess pore pressure
ratio (c) number of
cycles, test data from
[200331]. Fig. 5. Dam model grid, comprising various materials.

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Properties of the materials used in the analysis

Soil kg n kb m ϕ C γt Permeability
(kPa) (kN/m3) (cm/s)

Front wall 110 0.5 330 0.5 35 25 15.7 le-4

Starter dam 126 0.5 378 0.5 35 25 15.7 le-4
Drain 150 0.5 450 0.5 45 0 19 le-2
Foundation 150 0.5 450 0.5 35 25 15.7 le-3
Top slime* 96 0.5 289 0.5 34 0 18.4 kx = 7.le-4
ky = 7.le-7
Fig. 6. Input earthquake acceleration record. Deep slime* 117 0.5 355 0.5 34 0 18.4 kx = 7.le-4
ky = 7.le-7
in which, kg and kb are shear and bulk modulus num- * UBC Sand Model was applied to the slime materials with ϕcv = 33 (degs.) and N1(60)cs = 6
bers, n and m are modulus exponents, σ’m is the mean and 11 for the top and deep slime, respectively.
effective stress, and Pa is atmospheric pressure. The
material properties are listed in Table 1.
Subsequently, the UBCSAND model was applied to Fig. 8. Excess pore
the slime material, while the Mohr-Coulomb model pressure at different
was used for other parts assumed not to liquefy. The depths, as a function
model parameters were determined based on N1(60)cs = of time.
6 for the slime materials.
No time histories of acceleration at or near the site
were recorded for this earthquake. For this reason, a
history from the San Fernando M6.5 earthquake, mea-
sured at the Caltech B Station (California Institute of
Technology) and normalized to amax =0.15 g, was
applied at the base of the model, and is shown in Fig.
6. This earthquake has a shallow focal depth similar to
the Izu-Ohshim-Kinkai earthquake, but a lower mag-
nitude (M6.5 versus M7), and is thought to be reason-
ably appropriate.

2.4 Results of the analyses

The response of the dam during the earthquake in
terms of acceleration, excess pore pressure (Ue),

excess pore pressure ratio (Ru) and deformations is

presented in Figs. 7 to 11. Fig. 9 shows the relative
positions of locations selected for illustrations here.
Fig. 7 shows the predicted acceleration time histories
for specific points at different depths [see Fig. 9 for Fig. 9. Relative
positions of locations
locations). It indicates that the input motion is ampli- for acceleration and
fied to some extent at depth, for example, A1 and then excess pore pressure
de-amplified in the upper tailings materials at A2 and recording in the
A3 because of the occurrence of liquefaction. analysis.

Fig. 7. Acceleration time history at different depths.

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Fig. 10. Pore

pressure ratio (Ru)
at different depths.

Fig. 12. Displacement vectors caused by earthquake.

Predicted excess pore pressures as a function of time
are shown in Fig. 8. It can be seen that the pore pres-
sures increase rapidly in the time 3 to 8 s, correspond-
ing to the period of strong shaking, and then level off.
Significantly higher excess pore pressures are generat-
ed at depth, indicating an upward flow of water.
Predicted excess pore pressure ratios Ru are shown in
Figs. 10 and 11, where Ru is the ratio of the excess pore
pressure to the initial effective stress. Ru = 1 represents a
condition of 100 per cent pore pressure ratio and com-
plete liquefaction. Fig. 10 represents the condition under
level ground conditions back from the crest of the dam.
It can be seen that near the surface the pore pressures rise
to Ru = 1 corresponding to 100 per cent pore pressure
rise, and a fully liquefied state. At increasing depths, pre-
dicted Ru values are somewhat lower (Ru = 0.7).
Beneath the sloping face of the dam, the predicted max-
imum Ru values as illustrated in Fig. 11 are significantly
lower, in the range of 0.17 to 1.0 as opposed to 0.7 to 1.0.
This is consistent with the results of dynamic centrifuge
model tests where significantly lower Ru values are
observed beneath sloping ground as compared with level
ground [Taboada-Urtuzuastegui and Dobry, 199529]
The predicted deformations of the dam at the end of
earthquake shaking are illustrated in Figs. 12 and 13 in
terms of displacement vectors and distorted grid, and
indicate a large displacement of about 5 m. The tail-
ings are predicted to liquefy and move up and over the
starter dam, resulting in upward movement of the front
wall consistent with the failure mode observed by the
superintendent at the time of the failure.

3. Lessons learned
Lessons learned from field experience, laboratory
tests, and analyses are:
• The seismic failure of Dam No.1 at the Mochikoshi
impoundment probably occurred as a result of liquefac-
tion of the tailings. The presence of layers of plastic silt
having a natural water content in excess of the liquid limit,
probably caused a further strength loss resulting in flow of
the tailings once significant displacements occurred.
• A contributing factor to the failure may have been the
presence of low permeability barrier layers which impede
vertical drainage of excess porewater pressure. This can
greatly reduce stability as they may cause a water bubble
to form at the base of the layer during or after shaking, as
observed by Kokusho [200030] and as shown in Fig. 14.
• Such barrier layers probably caused the delayed
failures at the Lower San Fernando dam and at the
Mochikoshi No. 2 dyke.

Fig. 11. Pore

pressure ratio (Ru)
beneath the slope. Fig. 13. Distorted grid (magnified three times for clarity).

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Proceedings, 11th International Conference on Soil Mahmood Seid-Karbasi holds MSc and BSc degrees in Civil
Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, University of Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology,
California Berkeley; January 2004. Tehran. He served as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Mahab
24. Byrne, P.M., Phillips, R., and Zang, Y., “Centrifuge tests and Ghodss Consulting Engineering Co in Tehran for several years,
analysis of CANLEX field event”, 48th Canadian Geotechnical and during that period he was responsible for a variety of dam
Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 1995. engineering projects. In September 2000, he joined BC Hydro,
25. Puebla, H., Byrne, P. M., and Phillips, R., “Analysis of Canada and the University of British Columbia partnership
CANLEX liquefaction embankment: prototype and centrifuge research programme, currently as a PhD candidate he is
models”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, No. 34, 1997. involved in numerical modelling of liquefaction and its
26. Puebla, H., “A constitutive model for sand analysis of the mitigation, using centrifuge model testing data.
CANLEX embankment”, PhD Thesis, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; 1999. Dr Peter Byrne has been a professor in the Civil Engineering
27. Beaty, M. H. and Byrne, P. M., “An Effective stress model Department at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
for predicting liquefaction behavior of sand”, Proceedings, Canada, since 1967 and specializes in soil dynamics and soil-
Specialty Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engi- structure interaction. He has developed analysis procedures
neering and Soil Dynamics III, Seatle, ASCE GSP No. 75, which are in common use for major dams. He has acted as a
Edited by Dakouluas, M. and Holtz, R.D., V. 1, 1998. member of review panels for many professional organizations,
28. Itasca Consulting Group, “Fast Lagrangian analysis of including the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering
continua (FLAC), Version 4, User’s Guide”; Minneapolis, Research and Development Center), BC Hydro, and the
Minnesota, USA; 2000. Ministry of Transportation and Highways of British Columbia.
29. Taboada-Urtuzuastegui V.M. and Dobry R., “Centrifuge He is the Canadian representative in the International Standards
modeling of earthquake-induced lateral spreading in sand”, Organization, dealing with Seismic Actions on Geotechnical
Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, 124(12), 1995. Works. He currently holds a major grant with industrial
30. Kokusho, T., and Kojima, T., Nonaka, N., 2000. “Emergence partners including BC Hydro and Hydro Québec to verify
of water film in liquefied sand and its role in lateral flow”, Paper numerical analyses with physical dynamic centrifuge tests.
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