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A Study on Geotechnical Centrifuge Testing Method for Seismic Performance Evaluation of Large Embankment Dams
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A Study on Geotechnical Centrifuge Testing Method for Seismic Performance Evaluation of Large Embankment Dams
Kim, Nam-Ryong; Lim, Jeong-Yeul; Im, Eun-Sang;
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Damages of large embankment dams by recent strong earthquakes in the world highlight the importance of seismic security of dams. Some of recent dam construction projects for water storage and hydropower are located in highly seismic zone, hence the seismic performance evaluation is an important issue. While state-of-the-art numerical analysis technology is generally utilized in practice for seismic performance evaluation of large dams, physical modeling is also carried out where new construction technology is involved or numerical analysis technology cannot simulate the behavior appropriately. Geotechnical centrifuge modeling is widely adopted in earthquake engineering to simulate the seismic behavior of large earth structures, but sometimes it can't be applied for large embankment dams due to various limitations. This study proposes a dynamic centrifuge testing method for large embankment dams and evaluated its applicability. Scaling relations for a case which model scale and g-level are different could be derived considering the stress conditions and predominant period of the structure, which is equivalent to previously suggested scaling relations. The scaling principles and testing method could be verified by modified modeling of models using a model at different acceleration levels. Finally, its applicability was examined by centrifuge tests for an embankment dam in Korea.
Physical modeling;Seismic performance evaluation;Embankment dam;Modeling of models;Generalized scaling relations;
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