In this article -- the first of a two-part summary -- a review is given of 13 of the 26 Papers presented at an international conference on diaphragm walls and anchorages. These are the Papers presented during the first three sessions of the conference and are all related to diaphragm walling. Paper 1 listed the wide range of applications of the diaphragm wall technique, and then went on to describe the practical limitations of the method in highly permeable strata, in very soft soils, in hard strata or where there is a high water table. Paper 2 described four cases in the UK where diaphragm walls have been used to construct self stable structures. Variously shaped load bearing diaphragm wall elements were considered in Paper 3, where their use was compared with concrete cast-in-place piles formed in temporary casings. Paper 4 described the advantages of slurry trench diaphragms as cut-off walls and for remedial measures in dams. Paper 5 considered the properties of bentonite slurries used in diaphragm walling. Paper 6 presented a method of designing multi-tied diaphragm type walls. Paper 7 described the design and construction of diaphragm walls as temporary and permanent retaining walls for the basements of a complex structure. Paper 8 discussed the studies carried out on load bearing diaphragm walls at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. Paper 9 discussed the proposed design for a multi-story underground car park in Amsterdam incorporating a circular diaphragm wall 0.8 m thick. The principles of the diaphragm wall technique and the different types of equipment which may by employed, highlighting their effect on vertical and horizontal tolerances, were described in Paper 10. The Prefasif system of diaphragm wall construction in which the alurry trench is excavated by normal diaphragm wall technique using bentonite suspension for support of the sides was described in Paper 11. Paper 12 described the construction of diaphragm walls and slab piles for the A13 motorway in Paris. Paper 13 reviewed the method used for the support of a basement excavation 16.5-20.5 m deep and having a plan dimension 154 m by 122 m, at the Centre Beaubourg, Paris.

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    Foundation Publications Limited

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  • Authors:
    • HANNA, T H
    • West, A S
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 27-30
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 6
    • ISSN: 0017-4653

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  • Accession Number: 00080916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM