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Title: Thermal cracking computational analysis of a concrete arch dam
Authors: Leitão, N. S.
Azevedo, N.
Santos, E.
Braga Farinha, M. L.
Câmara, R.
Keywords: Arch dams;Thermal analysis;Crack analysis;Finite element analysis
Issue Date: Sep-2017
Publisher: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Abstract: The concrete arch dam proposed for the 14th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis (theme A) was numerically studied using computational codes purposely developed by the authors for dam analysis. Given that the codes use 2nd order 20-node brick elements, the concrete arch dam finite element mesh given as input by the organizing committee had to be adapted. The arch dam geometry follows closely the given input node coordinates. In order to ease the generation process, the foundation finite element mesh was totally redefined. The thermal analysis was done using a transient analysis model. A linear mechanical analysis including the gravity load, the hydrostatic pressure and the extreme temperature variations resulting from the thermal analysis was carried out. Then, a nonlinear model was considered at the dam/foundation interface in order to better simulate its behaviour, given that the arch dam is excavated into the rock where the support is made to act like a hinge. Finally, a nonlinear finite element analysis was carried out with a two scalar damage model at the brick finite elements representing the arch dam body. In this latter nonlinear analysis, a smeared reinforcement model was adopted at the upstream and downstream arch dam faces, following a linear elastic model. A discrete crack model was also analysed. Results of both thermal and mechanical analyses are presented and discussed.
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