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Malpasset dam - France (1)

  • Malpasset dam - France (1)

Malpasset dam (Fréjus, France 1959) in Dec. 1981 (taken by H. CHANSON). Completed at the end of 1953, the 102-m high arch dam (double curvature) had a maximum reservoir capacity of about 50 Mm3. On 2 Dec. 1959, the dam wall failed and more than 450 people died in the catastroph. The failure was caused by uplift pressures in the rock foundation (left abutment).

Dec. 1981
Hubert Chanson, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia

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