Reliability Analysis of Arch Dam Considering Temperature Change Field
The loads on the arch dam and the materials physical properties of the dam and the bedrock are uncertain, and can be described with random variable. Due to the huge volume, the complex structure of the dam and excessive random variable, the reliability analysis of the dam is difficult. The dam is a higher order statically indeterminate structure, and the variation of the temperature obviously affects the stress and displacement of the structure, therefore, it is very important to consider the randomness of the temperature change load in the reliability analysis of arch dam. Based on the analysis of the stable temperature field, temperature rise and temperature drop field of the dam, the calculation method of temperature change field is further studied and applied in the reliability analysis of the arch dam. Considering random variables such as temperature change, water pressure, elastic modulus and strength of the materials, the stress and displacement of the arch dam and bedrock are calculated with a three dimensional finite element method, the limit state equations are established by RSM. Then the tension and compression reliability of the arch dam are analyzed using gradient optimization method. The results indicate that the temperature change field significantly influences the tension and compression reliability of the dam, and should be seriously considered in the reliability analysis of arch dams.
Chunliang Zhang and Paul P. Lin
M. Z. Yang et al., "Reliability Analysis of Arch Dam Considering Temperature Change Field", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 226-228, pp. 1332-1337, 2012