Crack Width - Seismic Intensity Relationships for Concrete Gravity Dams

Soysal B. F., ARICI Y.

JOURNAL OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING, vol.28, no.2, pp.565-581, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13632469.2023.2220048
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.565-581
  • Keywords: Discrete element, concrete dam-reservoir system, roller compacted concrete dam, upstream cracking, seismic intensity measure, COMPACTED CONCRETE, FRACTURE-ANALYSIS, MODELS, DAMAGE, TESTS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Seismic assessment of plain concrete structures like gravity dams is generally conducted based on cracking. The responses of two types of gravity dams, i.e. the conventional and roller compacted concrete (RCC), were investigated in this study using a discrete element tool coupled with special reservoir elements. Using incremental dynamic analysis, the relationship between the seismic intensity measures and crack widths on the U/S face of the monolith was obtained. The damage accumulation on conventional and RCC dams was different: The cumulative cracking on the upstream face of the monolith correlated well to a seismic intensity measure representing base shear.