The response of an earth dam to seismic loading is studied through displacement-based analyses and finite element, effective stress dynamic analyses. Displacement-based analyses are carried out using both empirical relationships and the decoupled approach in which the deformable response of the soil is accounted for through ground response analyses, and the resulting accelerograms are used in the sliding block analysis. The FE analyses are carried out using a constitutive model capable to reproduce soil non-linearity, calibrated against laboratory measurements of the stiffness at small strains. The influence of the assumed input motion and bedrock depth on the seismic response of the dam is also studied. The FE analyses permitted evaluation of the overall patterns of the dam behaviour in terms of displacements and of stress, strain and acceleration fields. For any of the seismic scenarios considered in the analyses the performance of the dam was satisfactory in that maximum computed settlements at the crest were considerably smaller than the service freeboard of the dam and limited shear strains were obtained within the dam during earthquake loading. Comparison of FE dynamic analyses with displacement-based analyses allowed predictions from different approaches to be compared. A fair agreement was obtained provided that ground response analysis was accounted for when using the displacement-based approach. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Evaluation of the seismic response of a homogeneous earth dam / Rampello, Sebastiano; E., Cascone; N., Grosso. - In: SOIL DYNAMICS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING. - ISSN 0267-7261. - STAMPA. - 29:5(2009), pp. 782-798. [10.1016/j.soildyn.2008.08.006]

Evaluation of the seismic response of a homogeneous earth dam

RAMPELLO, SEBASTIANO;
2009

Abstract

The response of an earth dam to seismic loading is studied through displacement-based analyses and finite element, effective stress dynamic analyses. Displacement-based analyses are carried out using both empirical relationships and the decoupled approach in which the deformable response of the soil is accounted for through ground response analyses, and the resulting accelerograms are used in the sliding block analysis. The FE analyses are carried out using a constitutive model capable to reproduce soil non-linearity, calibrated against laboratory measurements of the stiffness at small strains. The influence of the assumed input motion and bedrock depth on the seismic response of the dam is also studied. The FE analyses permitted evaluation of the overall patterns of the dam behaviour in terms of displacements and of stress, strain and acceleration fields. For any of the seismic scenarios considered in the analyses the performance of the dam was satisfactory in that maximum computed settlements at the crest were considerably smaller than the service freeboard of the dam and limited shear strains were obtained within the dam during earthquake loading. Comparison of FE dynamic analyses with displacement-based analyses allowed predictions from different approaches to be compared. A fair agreement was obtained provided that ground response analysis was accounted for when using the displacement-based approach. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
2009
decoupled approach; displacement methods; earth dam; effective stress analysis; seismic responce; seismic response
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Evaluation of the seismic response of a homogeneous earth dam / Rampello, Sebastiano; E., Cascone; N., Grosso. - In: SOIL DYNAMICS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING. - ISSN 0267-7261. - STAMPA. - 29:5(2009), pp. 782-798. [10.1016/j.soildyn.2008.08.006]
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