Development of a software suite for the structural analysis and design of concrete gravity dams

In contrast to other infrastructure, there has been very limited cooperation between the industry and academia on developing the analytical tools for the design and evaluation of dams for seismic loading. This is mostly due to the complexity of the dam behavior as well as the size of these systems precluding the diffusion of academic information to the tools used by the practicing engineer due to time constraints. With the support of the Turkish National Sciences Foundation under the academia-industry cooperation grant programme, a commercial software suite is being developed including two major features developed in the scientific literature indispensable to the realistic design and evaluation of concrete dams. Soil-structure-reservoir interaction (SSI), with an extensive development in the scientific literature, is integrated in the first part of the software, allowing the realistic analyses of 2 and 3D dam systems. This feature enables the prediction of the correct damping response on the system simulating the wave propagation effects correctly in contrast to the finite element models used in the industry. On the other hand, the evaluation of the existing dams usually requires very large scale nonlinear finite element modeling out of the scope of the general purpose analysis tools. A parallel-explicit finite element engine is the second important feature of the suite enabling the user to predict the behavior of systems with excess of millions of degrees of freedom incorporating the cracking behavior. An easy to use graphical user interface, enabling the user to easily create the models and evaluate the analysis results, forms the top framework of the suite. This pre-post processor is dam-specific, designed for users to easily create and visualize dam and valley geometries, select common design inputs and analyses assumptions, as well as easily retrieve the specific outputs used for interpretation of the analyses results.
ICOLD 25th Congress/ICOLD 83rd Annual Meeting Symposium Hydropower' (2015)


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Citation Formats
A. Altuğ, Y. Arıcı, B. Binici, and Ö. Kurç, “Development of a software suite for the structural analysis and design of concrete gravity dams,” presented at the ICOLD 25th Congress/ICOLD 83rd Annual Meeting Symposium Hydropower’ (2015), 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: