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Mosul Dam: Geology and Safety Concerns
Private Consultant Engineering, Norrköping, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6790-2653
University of Kurdistan, Howler, KRG, Iraq. Private Consultant Geologist, Erbil, Iraq.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1935-1743
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, ISSN 1934-7359, E-ISSN 1934-7367, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 151-177Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mosul Dam is an earth fill dam located on the River Tigris northern part of Iraq. The capacity of its reservoir is 11.11 billion cubic meters which makes it the fourth biggest dam in the Middle East. From geological perspective, the dam is located on double plunging anticlines. The rocks of the site are mainly composed of highly jointed and karistified alternating beds of limestones, gysum and marls, since the impoundment of the reservoir seepage of water was recognized under the foundation of the dam. To stop or minimize the seepage, intensive grouting operations were conducted. Recent investigations and evaluation of the conditions of the dam indicate that it is in a critical situation. In this paper, consequences of the dam failure are discussed and possible solutions are given.

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USA: David Publishing Company, 2019. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 151-177
Keywords [en]
Mosul Dam, karst, infiltration, dam foundation, dam failure.
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Engineering and Technology Geotechnical Engineering
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Soil Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73526DOI: 10.17265/1934-7359/2019.03.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73526DiVA, id: diva2:1303174
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