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 | Hydrodynamics | Gravity dams | Dynamic pressure | Feasibility studies | Anchors | Water management | Earthfill dams

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