Gravity Dam Response Including Interaction Effects

by J. L. Humar, Carleton Univ, Ottawa, Canada,
R. Chandrashaker, Carleton Univ, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


The seismic response of 2D gravity dam-reservoir-foundation including the wave absorption effect along the reservoir bed is analyzed in frequency domain using substructure approach. The infinite reservoir is modeled by boundary element method using static fundamental solution, in conjunction with a 1D finite element representation of the infinite field. The dam is discretized by finite elements. The foundation soil, idealized as semi-infinite elastic half plane, is modeled by boundary elements.

Subject Headings: Gravity dams | Dynamic structural analysis | Boundary element method | Hydrologic models | Elastic analysis | Fluid-structure interaction | Finite element method | Seismic tests

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