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Displacement-based back-analysis of the model parameters of the Nuozhadu high earth-rockfill dam.

Wu Y, Yuan H, Zhang B, Zhang Z, Yu Y - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Bottom Line: Displacement back-analyses were performed at different stages of the construction period, with and without considering the creep and wetting deformations.The comparison of calculation results based on different sets of back-analyzed model parameters indicates the necessity of taking the effects of creep and wetting into consideration in the numerical analyses of high earth-rockfill dams.With the resulting model parameters, the stress and deformation distributions at completion are predicted and analyzed.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.

ABSTRACT
The parameters of the constitutive model, the creep model, and the wetting model of materials of the Nuozhadu high earth-rockfill dam were back-analyzed together based on field monitoring displacement data by employing an intelligent back-analysis method. In this method, an artificial neural network is used as a substitute for time-consuming finite element analysis, and an evolutionary algorithm is applied for both network training and parameter optimization. To avoid simultaneous back-analysis of many parameters, the model parameters of the three main dam materials are decoupled and back-analyzed separately in a particular order. Displacement back-analyses were performed at different stages of the construction period, with and without considering the creep and wetting deformations. Good agreement between the numerical results and the monitoring data was obtained for most observation points, which implies that the back-analysis method and decoupling method are effective for solving complex problems with multiple models and parameters. The comparison of calculation results based on different sets of back-analyzed model parameters indicates the necessity of taking the effects of creep and wetting into consideration in the numerical analyses of high earth-rockfill dams. With the resulting model parameters, the stress and deformation distributions at completion are predicted and analyzed.

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Construction process of the dam and water level of the reservoir.
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fig2: Construction process of the dam and water level of the reservoir.

Mentions: The construction process of the core and the impounding process of the reservoir are shown in Figure 2. Dam construction was started in January 2008 and completed at the end of December 2012. During the construction period, the filling of the dam was shut down in the flood season every year. The upstream water level was stabilized at approximately 605 m before December 2011. Then, the water level rose with the impounding of the reservoir. At the end of December 2012, the upstream water level reached 774 m.


Displacement-based back-analysis of the model parameters of the Nuozhadu high earth-rockfill dam.

Wu Y, Yuan H, Zhang B, Zhang Z, Yu Y - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Construction process of the dam and water level of the reservoir.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig2: Construction process of the dam and water level of the reservoir.
Mentions: The construction process of the core and the impounding process of the reservoir are shown in Figure 2. Dam construction was started in January 2008 and completed at the end of December 2012. During the construction period, the filling of the dam was shut down in the flood season every year. The upstream water level was stabilized at approximately 605 m before December 2011. Then, the water level rose with the impounding of the reservoir. At the end of December 2012, the upstream water level reached 774 m.

Bottom Line: Displacement back-analyses were performed at different stages of the construction period, with and without considering the creep and wetting deformations.The comparison of calculation results based on different sets of back-analyzed model parameters indicates the necessity of taking the effects of creep and wetting into consideration in the numerical analyses of high earth-rockfill dams.With the resulting model parameters, the stress and deformation distributions at completion are predicted and analyzed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.

ABSTRACT
The parameters of the constitutive model, the creep model, and the wetting model of materials of the Nuozhadu high earth-rockfill dam were back-analyzed together based on field monitoring displacement data by employing an intelligent back-analysis method. In this method, an artificial neural network is used as a substitute for time-consuming finite element analysis, and an evolutionary algorithm is applied for both network training and parameter optimization. To avoid simultaneous back-analysis of many parameters, the model parameters of the three main dam materials are decoupled and back-analyzed separately in a particular order. Displacement back-analyses were performed at different stages of the construction period, with and without considering the creep and wetting deformations. Good agreement between the numerical results and the monitoring data was obtained for most observation points, which implies that the back-analysis method and decoupling method are effective for solving complex problems with multiple models and parameters. The comparison of calculation results based on different sets of back-analyzed model parameters indicates the necessity of taking the effects of creep and wetting into consideration in the numerical analyses of high earth-rockfill dams. With the resulting model parameters, the stress and deformation distributions at completion are predicted and analyzed.

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