Effects of spatial variation in cohesion over the concrete-rock interface on dam sliding stability
2015 (Swedish)In: Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 1674-7755, Vol. 7, no 6, 659-667 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The limit equilibrium method (LEM) is widely used for sliding stability evaluation of concrete gravity dams. Failure is then commonly assumed to occur along the entire sliding surface simultaneously. However, the brittle behaviour of bonded concrete-rock contacts, in combination with the varying stress over the interface, implies that the failure of bonded dam-foundation interfaces occurs progressively. In addition, the spatial variation in cohesion may introduce weak spots where failure can be initiated. Nonetheless, the combined effect of brittle failure and spatial variation in cohesion on the overall shear strength of the interface has not been studied previously. In this paper, numerical analyses are used to investigate the effect of brittle failure in combination with spatial variation in cohesion that is taken into account by random fields with different correlation lengths. The study concludes that a possible existence of weak spots along the interface has to be considered since it significantly reduces the overall shear strength of the interface, and implications for doing so are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kexue Chubanshe , 2015. Vol. 7, no 6, 659-667 p.
Concrete gravity dam, Sliding stability, Cohesion, Brittle failure, Spatial variation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-179207DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2015.08.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-179207DiVA: diva2:881955
QC 201512182015-12-122015-12-122016-04-11Bibliographically approved