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Title: Cracking of earth and rockfill dams : comparison of observed and theoretical tensile strains in the crests of two earth and rockfill dams
Authors: Harvard University.
Covarrubias, Sergio W.
Keywords: Cracks
Earth dams
Finite element method
Mattmark Dam
Rockfill dams
Summersville Dam
Tensile strains
Soil mechanics
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Contract Report
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.
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