Seismic evaluation of concrete dams

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ConferenceCanadian Society for Civil Engineering 1990 Annual Conference and 1st Biennial Environmental Specialty Conference: 16 May 1990,
Pages846858; # of pages: 13
SubjectEarthquakes; arch gravity dams; seismic loads; barrage poids voute; solicitation dynamique
AbstractSeismic activity in the vicinity of dams is an important factor that should be carefully considered as the failure of a dam could be disastrous both in terms of loss of life and property. The purpose of this paper is to present a brief survey of methods used for seismic evaluation of concrete gravity and arch dams. The principal aspects addressed are: evaluation criteria, seismic input, and models for dynamic analysis of dam-reservoir-foundation systems. Reference is briefly made to nonlinear analysis. The paper concludes by highlighting future research areas that are of primary importance in having comprehensive procedures for seismic evaluation of dams. Locations of large Canadian gravity and arch dams (over 60 m in height) with respect to seismic zoning of the NBCC 1985 are presented.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number32338
NPARC number20358555
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