Authors

R G. Pepper

Document Type

Technical Bulletin

Publication Date

4-1983

Series Number

67

Keywords

Dams, Sodium tripolyphosphate, Sealing

Abstract

As the seepage rate of 3.1 mm/d was considered too high, sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) was dissolved in the dam water in an attempt to disperse the clay and reduce the hydraulic conductivity. Application of STPP altered the original sealing layer at first and, as seepage progressed, a new seal started to form at a depth of 0.8 m below the batter. The seepage rate was reduced to 0.39 mm/d and the hydraulic conductivity of this new seal was 2.0 x 10-9 m/s.

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