Impact of the Eemdijk full-scale test programme (Impact du programme d'essais à grande échelle Eemdijk)

J. Breedeveld, C. Zwanenburg, M. Van, Arny Lengkeek

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Levees in the Netherlands have traditionally been constructed from soil. Climate change and land subsidence require heightening and/or reinforcing these existing levees. Traditional reinforcements demand additional space, which in some cases conflicts with existing buildings. Applying sheet pile walls in levees allows for strengthening while minimizing needed footprint. However, a validated design approach that complies with relevant regulations lacked. To enable validation, a full-scale field test programme has been performed near the town of Eemdijk (The Netherlands). This has resulted in better insight in the soil-structure interaction of the structurally reinforced levee, on soft soil, loaded by high water and uplift conditions. This paper describes the rationale behind the test setup and operation of the test programme in relation to the current design codes and guidelines. First the set of knowledge questions to be resolved is considered. These questions gave direction to the type of failure tests, the required instrumentation and the impact of conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnical Engineering foundation of the future
EditorsHaraldur Sigursteinsson, Sigurður Erlingsson, Bjarni Bessason
PublisherIcelandic Geotechnical Society (IGS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-9935-9436-1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering, foundation of the future - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 1 Sep 20196 Sep 2019


ConferenceThe XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Abbreviated titleECSMGE
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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • sheet pile wall
  • levee reinforcement
  • full-scale test
  • validation
  • Eemdijkproef


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