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  • Non-linear Behavior of a Concrete Gravity Dam During Seismic Excitation : A Case Study of the Pine Flat Dam

    In this paper, seismic analyses of Pine Flat Concrete dam performed as part of theme A in the 15th benchmark workshop are presented. The results presented focuses on differences between mass and massless foundation and the influence from non-linear material behavior. The analyses performed with mass foundation using analytical free field input records and infinite boundary elements corresponded with the expected free surface results, for lower frequencies. For higher frequencies some discrepancies caused by the influence from the dam and the reservoir as expected. The corresponding analyses with massless foundation showed significantly higher accelerations but good agreement with the expected free surface displacement at the dam toe. To consider the influence from nonlinear material behavior, a dynamic push-over analysis (endurance time acceleration function, ETAF) was performed. It was possible to perform the analysis for the full duration of the record, despite significant non-linear material behavior. The initial damage occurred at the upstream toe and then showed significant induced damage as the level of excitation successively increased. In the end of the analysis, the top of the dam is cracked through which would cause an instability failure of the top of the dam.

  • Seismic Analysis of Pine Flat Concrete Dam : Formulation and Synthesis of Results

    ICOLD Committee on Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams organized the 15th International Benchmark Workshop in Milan, Italy, in September 2019. Theme A of the workshop is related to a seismic analysis of Pine Flat Dam. The study proposed in the Milan workshop is a continuation of investigations initiated by the United States Society on Dams Concrete Dams Committee and Earthquakes Committee during the workshop Evaluation of Numerical Models and Input Parameters in the Analysis of Concrete Dams held in Miami, Florida, on May 3, 2018. The purpose of Theme A investigations is to define uncertainties in numerical analyses of concrete dams in a focused, systematic, and controlled way with collaborative participation from the international dam industry and academia. The objectives of these investigations are to identify key uncertainties that may lead to differences among analysis results, to advance best practices for analyses of concrete dams, and to determine further research needs. Overall, 27 teams, representing 16 countries, submitted solutions to the formulated six study cases for Theme A, together with technical papers that documented the methods and approaches used in the analyses. The summary of the benchmark studies can serve as a reference in verification of computational models used in seismic analysis of concrete dams.

  • Hygro-thermo-mechanical modeling of partially saturated air-entrained concrete containing dissolved salt and exposed to freeze-thaw cycles

    In cold regions, understanding the freeze-thaw behavior of air-entrained concrete is important for designing durable structures and assessing the remaining service life of existing structures. This study presents a hygro-thermo-mechanical multiphase model that describes the cyclic freeze-thaw behavior of partially saturated air-entrained concrete containing dissolved salt. An equilibrium and a non-equilibrium approach are adopted to model the ice formation, including the freeze-thaw hysteresis, inside the porous network. The model also considers the diffusive and convective transport of the dissolved salt coupled to the freeze-thaw processes. Two examples are presented to verify and highlight the capabilities of the model. The first example shows that the model is capable of reproducing the experimentally observed mechanical response of specimens containing NaC1-solutions of different concentrations. In the second example, a larger absorption of liquid from an external reservoir is obtained with an increasing salt concentration in the reservoir, which is consistent with experimental observations.

  • Discrete element modelling of rockfill railway embankments

    There is a need of reducing the uncertainty in traffic loading-induced settlements within railway embankments. A previously developed model for unbound stone-based materials has been implemented for modelling rockfill embankments. Particles were represented by simple breakable tetrahedral clumps of spheres with four asperities each. Both corner breakage and particle splitting were allowed. Embankments with heights between 2 and 10 m were generated by successive dumping and compaction of layers of clumps on top of each other, mimicking the construction of real embankments. Cyclic loading of the embankments representing railway traffic, for both breakable and unbreakable assemblies, was carried out. Results show that the mechanical response is marked by a substantial degree of uncertainty exacerbated by particle degradation, especially for intermediate to high embankments. An analysis of particle rotation showed that particle rearrangement mostly accumulates in the top layers, resulting in a lack of influence of embankment height on settlements. Breakage, even being of (very) limited magnitude, had a statistically significant effect. Good agreement with common geostatic theories predicting horizontal pressures was also observed. Regarding resilient response, linear stiffening with embankment height is observed with a minor influence of breakage. All in all, it is shown that the specific scale, boundary and stress conditions of embankments results in a behaviour deviating from that observed under triaxial conditions. Therefore, the key contribution is showing that it is possible to realistically model high rockfill embankments under a large number of loading cycles and furthermore including degradation, something not attempted to date. Graphic abstract

  • 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.

  • Flow Expansion and Deflection Downstream of a Symmetric Multi-gate Sluice Structure

    A sluice structure with multiple gates is often followed by an enlarging channel downstream. Experiments are conducted for different enlargement ratios in cross-section and Froude numbers at the gates. A large-scale PIV system is adopted to capture the surface flow field for examination of the flow features. The study shows that, despite the centrally placed sluice structure with symmetric outflow, a hydraulic jump occurs and the main flow downstream exhibits, in terms of expansion and deflection, a high degree of asymmetry and formation of large circulation zones. The degree of deflection increases significantly along the longitudinal direction for all the enlargement ratios except the smallest. The toe of the hydraulic jump is controlled at the upper edge of the sloping surface downstream of the gates. In light of outflow width, Froude number and enlargement ratio, the flow is classified into three regions. Immediately downstream, the effect of outflow width gradually decreases with increasing Froude number. Further downstream, the degree of deflection augments with increasing enlargement ratio, with circulation zones. At a given cross-section, the degree of expansion is positively related to the enlargement ratio. The study is expected to provide guidance for examination of similar issues of flow pattern and erosion protection design.

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