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Optimal design of homogeneous earth dams by particle swarm optimization incorporating support vector machine approach
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  • Journal title : Geomechanics and Engineering
  • Volume 9, Issue 6,  2015, pp.709-727
  • Publisher : Techno-Press
  • DOI : 10.12989/gae.2015.9.6.709
 Title & Authors
Optimal design of homogeneous earth dams by particle swarm optimization incorporating support vector machine approach
Mirzaei, Zeinab; Akbarpour, Abolfazl; Khatibinia, Mohsen; Siuki, Abbas Khashei;
 Abstract
The main aim of this study is to introduce optimal design of homogeneous earth dams with oblique and horizontal drains based on particle swarm optimization (PSO) incorporating weighted least squares support vector machine (WLS-SVM). To achieve this purpose, the upstream and downstream slopes of earth dam, the length of oblique and horizontal drains and angle among the drains are considered as the design variables in the optimization problem of homogeneous earth dams. Furthermore, the seepage through dam body and the weight of dam as objective functions are minimized in the optimization process simultaneously. In the optimization procedure, the stability coefficient of the upstream and downstream slopes and the seepage through dam body as the hydraulic responses of homogeneous earth dam are required. Hence, the hydraulic responses are predicted using WLS-SVM approach. The optimal results of illustrative examples demonstrate the efficiency and computational advantages of PSO with WLS-SVM in the optimal design of homogeneous earth dams with drains.
 Keywords
homogeneous earth dams;oblique and horizontal drains;particle swarm optimization;weighted least squares support vector machine;
 Language
English
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