Nonlinear Earthquake Analysis of Concrete Gravity Dams Including Sliding

by Juan W. Chávez, Univ of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, United States,
Gregory L. Fenves, (M.ASCE), Univ of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation

Abstract: The sliding stability of a concrete gravity dam during a design earthquake must be investigated to assess the seismic safety of the dam. A new numerical procedure for solving the equations of motion, the Hybrid Frequency Time Domain procedure, is used to compute the earthquake response of concrete gravity dams including the nonlinear sliding behavior and the frequency-dependent response of the impounded water and the flexible foundation rock. As an example, the earthquake-induced sliding response of a typical concrete gravity dam is computed to illustrate the nonlinear behavior.

Subject Headings: Concrete dams | Gravity dams | Landslides | Sliding effects | Earthquakes | Earthfill dams | Soil analysis | Equations of motion

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