Fracture analysis of concrete gravity dam under earthquake induced loads

  • A Mansouri
  • MAL Neshaei
  • R Aghajany
Keywords: Seismic fracture, Smeared crack, Non-linear fracture mechanics, Concrete gravity dam


In this paper, seismic fracture behavior of the concrete gravity dam using finite element (2D) theory has been studied. Bazant model which is non-linear fracture mechanics criteria as a measure of growth and smeared crack was chosen to develop profiles of the crack. Behavior of stress - strain curves of concrete as a simplified two-line, dam and reservoir system using the formulation of the Euler - Lagrange was chosen. According to the above models, Koyna concrete gravity dam were investigated by the 1967 earthquake record. The results provide profiles of growth and expansion first with the effects of reservoir and second without it. Comparison of the obtained results shows good agreement with the works of the other researchers.

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