Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Dam-foundation interaction plays an important role in the design and analysis of concrete gravity dams as has been reviewed from the failures of dams in the literature. The objective of the study is to understand the behavior of a concrete gravity dam taking into account the effect of dam and foundation discontinuities using three-dimensional Distinct Element Code. Different models have been formulated considering the complexities involved in the modeling of the dam structure, dam-foundation system and the results have been compared. Modeling the dam with the discontinuity in the form of crack which runs through the concrete section has a complex phenomenon taking place at the interface where sliding and rotation deformation contribute to the overall stability. Modeling dam with discontinuities in the dam monoliths proved to be more realistic in the analysis of dam than considering a monolith dam with no dam discontinuities. Significant relative displacements between the monoliths and the permanent relative displacement at the end of seismic input have been observed at the discontinuities in this case. Modeling the foundation rock discontinuities represent the field conditions in the analysis more realistically. It is clearly indicated from the study that the interaction between dam monoliths and discontinuities in the foundation rock mass provide more realistic dam response.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Influence of Dam and Foundation Discountinuities Using Discountinuum Approach — A Case Study

Chicago, Illinois

Dam-foundation interaction plays an important role in the design and analysis of concrete gravity dams as has been reviewed from the failures of dams in the literature. The objective of the study is to understand the behavior of a concrete gravity dam taking into account the effect of dam and foundation discontinuities using three-dimensional Distinct Element Code. Different models have been formulated considering the complexities involved in the modeling of the dam structure, dam-foundation system and the results have been compared. Modeling the dam with the discontinuity in the form of crack which runs through the concrete section has a complex phenomenon taking place at the interface where sliding and rotation deformation contribute to the overall stability. Modeling dam with discontinuities in the dam monoliths proved to be more realistic in the analysis of dam than considering a monolith dam with no dam discontinuities. Significant relative displacements between the monoliths and the permanent relative displacement at the end of seismic input have been observed at the discontinuities in this case. Modeling the foundation rock discontinuities represent the field conditions in the analysis more realistically. It is clearly indicated from the study that the interaction between dam monoliths and discontinuities in the foundation rock mass provide more realistic dam response.