Application of Fracture Mechanics to Arch Dam Analysis


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The authors present a procedure for the analysis of the stability and propagation of cracks in arch dams based on linear elastic fracture mechanics. A finite element method was used to calculate the stress intensity factors(KⅠ, KⅡ and KⅢ) of crack in the concrete arch dam, and fracture analysis for arch dams was carried out, which based on the criterion of three-dimensional mixed mode fracture of concrete from the experiment. The analysis method can be applied to evaluate the safety of the arch dam and improve the design for arch dam.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 261-263)

Edited by:

Kikuo Kishimoto, Masanori Kikuchi, Tetsuo Shoji and Masumi Saka




S. C. Yang et al., "Application of Fracture Mechanics to Arch Dam Analysis", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 261-263, pp. 57-62, 2004

Online since:

April 2004




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DOI: 10.1016/0013-7944(90)90228-9

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