Crack analysis related to the stability of gravity and concrete dams using CADAM software (Case study: Dez regulatory dam)

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The present study investigates the stress and crack analysis in weighted concrete dams under constant acceleration resulting from earthquakes in the horizontal direction and induced earthquakes generated by the dam reservoir. This analysis was performed using CADAM software. The main purpose of stress calculations is to determine the amount of tensile length of the gap that is created by the inertial forces in the dam and the effect of these stresses on the stability of the concrete dam. CADAM software was developed in 2003 at the University of Montreal to analyze concrete dams in a variety of situations. In this paper, the gap and its effect on the stability of the concrete weight barrier with a maximum earthquake of 0.28 g were analyzed and the results were analyzed separately in each executive joint. In all joints, the minimum coefficient of safety against stability (at least 1.3) was obtained. Looking at the tables of results, it can be concluded that the stability of the regulating dam is suitable for acceleration of horizontal earthquake equal to 0.28 g. They are acceptable in earthquake and normal conditions.

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