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Recent developments in safety assessment of concrete gravity dams

Kishen, Chandra JM (2005) Recent developments in safety assessment of concrete gravity dams. In: Current Science, 89 (4). pp. 650-656.


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Most of the dams in India were built in the sixties, when only simple methods could be used to properly design them. Forty years later, despite the progress made in our capability to conduct sophisticated finite element studies, current analyses procedures for safety assessment remain essentially the same as those used earlier for design. The main objective of this article is to highlight the work done in the area of fracture mechanics for safety assessment of gravity dams. It is shown that the conventional strength of materials-based design leads to large factors of safety when compared to the more recent and rational concepts of fracture mechanics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Fracture energy;fracture toughness;gravity dam;shear friction factor of safety;sliding failure
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Ravi V Nandhan
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3769

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