Internal Forces and Steel Arrangement Analysis on the Steel Lined Reinforced Concrete Penstocks
he steel lined reinforced concrete penstocks (SLRCP) is always looked as an axisymmetric structure according to the design code, which can not show the true load-carrying capacity when considering the dam’s constraint to the SLRCP. In this paper, the physical non-axisymmetric property of the structure is simulated using the finite element method. The internal force distribution of every cross section in the SLRCP is studied, and a design method for steel arrangement based on axial force is proposed. When considering the non-axisymmetric property, the axial force in those cross sections approaching the bottom of the structure may be reduced more than 30% to the calculated value by the axisymmetric analysis. The larger the inner radius of the penstock or the thickness of the concrete wall is, the more marked the non-axisymmetric property of the SLRCP is.
Z. Wei et al., "Internal Forces and Steel Arrangement Analysis on the Steel Lined Reinforced Concrete Penstocks", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 94-96, pp. 99-104, 2011