Accession Number : AD0736372

Title :   Cracking of Earth and Rockfill Dams: Comparison of Observed and Theoretical Tensile Strains in the Crests of Two Earth and Rockfill Dams.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Covarrubias,Sergio W.

Report Date : APR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The purpose of the investigation is to compare the longitudinal strains observed along the crests of Summersville and Mattmark Dams with the results of analyses using the finite element method. All materials were assumed to be linearly elastic, with equal properties in tension and compression. The only load considered was the weight of the embankment. The results of the analyses show good agreement between the measured and the computed strains. Similar results were also obtained in previous investigations by the author. It is concluded that this method of analysis is a meaningful tool in designing earth and rockfill dams. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DAMS, STRAIN(MECHANICS)), CRACKS, TENSILE PROPERTIES, CRACK PROPAGATION

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE