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Anatomy of the vibration characteristics in old arch dams by random field theory

Mohammad Amin Hariri-ardebili, S. Mahdi Seyed-kolbadi, Victor E. Saouma, Jerzy W. Salamon, Larry K. Nuss

Publication date: 15 January 2019

Source: Engineering Structures, Volume 179

Author(s): Mohammad Amin Hariri-Ardebili, S. Mahdi Seyed-Kolbadi, Victor E. Saouma, Jerzy W. Salamon, Larry K. Nuss


Determining vibration characteristics constitutes the first step in calibrating the finite element model in an old arch dam analysis. These characteristics provide the required information for a proper dynamic analysis of the coupled fluid-structure system used for risk assessment purposes. This paper investigates the detailed vibration characteristics of arch dams with heterogeneous material by applying random field theory. A group of six double-curvature arch dams are studied herein. The spatial material distribution using different correlation lengths is compared, and the response dispersion is quantified. An experimental meta-model design is developed for a specific class of dams, with an approximate analytical solution being derived. Ultimately, an iterative, random field-based system identification technique is proposed for old arch dams.

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