Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 571–591 | Cite as

A Study on Structural Safety of Concrete Arch Dams During Construction and Operation Phases

  • Mohammad AlembagheriEmail author
Original Paper


A methodology is proposed for static safety evaluation of concrete arch dams during their construction and operation phases. It includes foundation modeling, stage-construction process, thermal post-cooling analysis, realistic behavior of contraction and peripheral joints, reservoir filling, and operational thermal loading. The structural stability and safety is assessed using safety indices. The proposed methodology is applied to a typical concrete arch dam. The dam is three-dimensionally modeled along with its foundation using finite element method. Different foundation properties are investigated in homogeneous and inhomogeneous conditions including distinct soft rock layers. The stability and safety of the dam-foundation system is evaluated through some analysis cases, which show the importance of various features presented in the model.


Concrete arch dams Safety evaluation Stage-construction Post-cooling Contraction and peripheral joints Inhomogeneous foundation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental EngineeringTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran

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