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<p>Three case histories of dam engineering related topics are presented as previous knowledge and experience would not have led to predict their impact on dam design. The Lecture honours Prof. Victor de Mello by discussing the Balbina HPP where Prof. de Mello led the saprolite foundation design when ancient termite canaliculae were found, imposing the need...
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Rockfill behavior is dominated by particle breakage, a phenomenon which is analyzed from the perspective offered by the subcritical propagation of cracks within individual particles. Propagation velocity depends on stress concentration in particles as well as on the ambient Relative Humidity (RH). RH controlled oedometer and triaxial tests are reviewed and const...
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