Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
A comparison between two techniques for including the influence of progressive sliding failure in structural reliability analyses of concrete dams
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
2014 (English)In: ISRM International Symposium - 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, ARMS 2014, Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics , 2014, 528-535 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

The shear strength of concrete-rock interfaces, used in reliability-based analyses of sliding stability of concrete dams, is commonly quantified using a simplified version of the Mohr-Coulomb shear strength criterion. This criterion is based on the assumption of a mean value driven process occurring according to the requirements imposed by perfectly-plastic failure theory. However, tests on cores with bonded interfaces exhibit semi-brittle post-peak behavior, which in combination with a possible spatial variation in cohesion implies that a progressive failure mechanism is a more correct description of the interface behavior. This has to be considered in sliding stability analyses in order to avoid overestimation of dam safety. Uncertainties between model and real behavior like the one described above can be taken into account by introducing a random variable representative of the specific uncertainty into the limit state function. A drawback with this technique is that the real shear strength of the interface is difficult to define since physical observations are not easy to acquire. Krounis and Johansson (2014), therefore, used a technique where numerical analyses were used in order to estimate the real behavior. The technique requires several numerical calculations and is extremly time-consuming. Another, less time-consuming, technique was used by Westberg Wilde and Johansson (2013). In their work, the progressive failure of the bonded interface was taken into account by simulating new distribution parameters for cohesion. This was done by means of an analytical procedure where the cohesive strength of the interface was considered to behave as a brittle parallel system. The stress state of the interface, however, was not considered, which may have significantly affected the results of the analyses. In this paper, a comparison between these two techniques for a hypothetical dam monolith is made in order to study the magnitude of the possible discrepancy between the two techniques. The benefits and limitations of each method are also discussed based on the results of the analyses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics , 2014. 528-535 p.
Keyword [en]
Brittle failure, Cohesion, Concrete gravity dam, Sliding stability, Spatial variability, Adhesion, Concrete dams, Concretes, Dams, Failure (mechanical), Gravity dams, Rock mechanics, Brittle failures, Concrete gravity dams, Interface states
National Category
Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187589ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84962383074ISBN: 9784907430030OAI: diva2:937264
8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, ARMS 2014, 14 October 2014 through 16 October 2014

QC 20160615

Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text


Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Johansson, Fredrik
By organisation
Civil and Architectural EngineeringSoil and Rock Mechanics
Civil Engineering

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link