Publikationer vid avdelningen för Betongbyggnad
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Measurement of ice pressure on a concrete dam with a prototype ice load panel
This paper presents the development and installation of a prototype ice load panel and measurements of ice load from February 2016 to February 2018 at the Rätan hydropower dam in Sweden. The design of the 1 × 3 m2 panel enables direct measurement of ice pressure on the concrete surface is based on previous experience from similar measurements with sea ice. Important features of the design are sufficient height and width to reduce scale effects and to cover the ice thickness and variations in water level. The Rätan dam was chosen based on several criteria so that the ice load is considered to be reasonably idealized against the dam structure.
For the three winters 2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, the maximum ice load recorded was 161 kN/m, 164 kN/m and 61 kN/m respectively. There were significant daily fluctuations during the cold winter months, and the daily peak ice loads showed a visual correlation with the daily average temperature and with the daily pattern of operation of the power station with its corresponding water level variations.
Reliability-based alarm thresholds for structures analysed with the finite element method
Civil engineering structures are commonly monitored to assess their structural behaviour, using alarm thresholds to indicate when contingency actions are needed to improve safety. However, there is a need for guidelines on how to establish thresholds that ensure sufficient safety. This paper therefore proposes a general computational algorithm for establishment of reliability-based alarm thresholds for civil engineering structures. The algorithm is based on Subset simulation with independent-component Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation and applicable with both analytical structural models and finite element models. The reliability-based alarm thresholds can straightforwardly be used in the monitoring plans that are developed in the design phase of a construction project, in particular for sequentially loaded structures such as staged construction of embankments. With the reliability-based alarm thresholds, contingency actions will only be implemented when they are needed to satisfy the target probability of failure.
On the behaviour of con-crete at early-ages: A multiphase description of hygro-thermo-chemo-mechanical properties
Understanding the early-age behaviour of concrete is of importance for designing durable concrete structures. To contribute to the improvement of this, a hygro-thermo-chemo-mechanical model is presented that accounts for phenomena such as hydration, external and internal drying, self-heating, creep, shrinkage and fracture. The model is based on a multiphase porous media framework, using the Thermodynamically Constrained Averaging Theory (TCAT) as starting point to derive the governing equations of the system. This allows for a systematic treatment of the multiscale properties of concrete and how these develop during hydration, e.g. chemical and physical fixation of water. The proposed mathematical model is implemented within the context of the Finite Element Method (FEM), where all physical fields are solved in a fully-coupled manner. Chosen properties of the model are demonstrated and validated using three experimental results from the literature. Generally, the simulated results are in good agreement with the measurements.
A Hygro-Thermo-Mechanical Multiphase Model for Long-Term Water Absorption into Air-Entrained Concrete
Many concrete structures located in cold climates and in contact with free water are cast with air-entrained concrete. The presence of air pores significantly affects the absorption of water into the concrete, and it may take decades before these are fully saturated. This generally improves the long-term performance of such structures and in particular their frost resistance. To study the long-term moisture conditions in air-entrained concrete, a hygro-thermo-mechanical multiphase model is presented, where the rate of filling of air pores with water is described as a separate diffusion process. The driving potential is the concentration of dissolved air, obtained using an averaging procedure with the air pore size distribution as the weighting function. The model is derived using the thermodynamically constrained averaging theory as a starting point. Two examples are presented to demonstrate the capabilities and performance of the proposed model. These show that the model is capable of describing the complete absorption process of water in air-entrained concrete and yields results that comply with laboratory and in situ measurements.
- Numerical analyses of shear in concrete structures subjected to distributed blast loads
Assessment of frost damage in hydraulic structures using a hygro-thermo-mechanical multiphase model
This paper presents an extension of a novel hygro-thermo-mechanical multiphase model for simulation of freezing of partially saturated air-entrained concrete on the structural scale to account for the effect of damage in the material. The model is applied in an example which investigates the extent and severity of frost damage caused by extremely cold climate conditions in a typical concrete wall in a waterway constructed with air-entrained concrete. The results were concluded to comply with observations made in experimental work and testing of freezing air-entrained concrete under exposure conditions similar to those in hydraulic structures. Furthermore, the results indicate that the effect of short periods of time with high rates of freezing was rather small on the obtained damage. Additionally, increasing the depth of the boundary region with an initially high degree of water saturation on the upstream side had also a rather small effect on the damaged zone.