Hydrodynamic Isolation of Concrete Dams

by John F. Hall, California Inst of Technology, United States,
Bahaa El-Aidi, California Inst of Technology, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


The feasibility of reducing hydrodynamic effects in the earthquake response of concrete dams by anchoring gas-filled balloons or injecting bubbles in the water is investigated. Significant benefits appear possible, but considerable effort would be required to obtain them.

Subject Headings: Concrete dams | Gravity dams | Earthquakes | Hydrodynamics | Earthfill dams | Dynamic pressure | Fluid-structure interaction | Base isolation

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