The effects of dam-reservoir interaction on the nonlinear seismic response of earth dams

Title: The effects of dam-reservoir interaction on the nonlinear seismic response of earth dams
Authors: Pelecanos, L
Kontoe, S
Zdravkovic, L
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of dam–reservoir interaction (DRI) on the nonlinear seismic response of earth dams. Although DRI effects have for long been considered as insignificant for earth dams, that conclusion was mainly based on linear elastic investigations which focused only on the acceleration response of the crest without examining the seismic shear stresses and strains within the dam body. The present study explores further the impact of DRI focusing on the nonlinear behavior of earth dams. The effects of reservoir hydrodynamic pressures are investigated in terms of both seismic dam accelerations and nonlinear dynamic soil behavior (seismic shear stresses and strains). It is shown that although dam crest accelerations are indeed insensitive to DRI, the stress and strain development within the dam body can be significantly underestimated if DRI is ignored.
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2018
Date of Acceptance: 16-Jan-2018
ISSN: 1363-2469
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Earthquake Engineering
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: 0905 Civil Engineering
Strategic, Defence & Security Studies
Publication Status: Published online
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Online Publication Date: 2018-04-19
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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