– Saturday 10 June (Full day)
The finite element method is a common tool for assessment and design of concrete dams today. Despite this, there are few general and practical recommendations on best practices in numerical modelling. Therefore, there is a need and interest for practical guidelines focused on numerical analyses of concrete dams among dam engineers and researchers.
Two Swedish guidelines have recently been developed within the topic. ICOLD committee A is currently also working on finalizing a bulletin on non-linear analysis of concrete dams. In addition to this, the results from past ICOLD benchmark workshops will constitute the basis for this short course in numerical modelling of concrete dams.
Provide general and practical recommendations and guidelines on how and when finite element analyses may be used to assess the structural behavior or safety of concrete dams. This includes modelling aspects, material behavior, degradation and damage, modelling strategies, etc. It also includes recommendations for review of numerical models and results.
The course is intended for dam engineers, structural engineers and researchers that perform and review numerical analyses of concrete dams.
Content / Program
The course will cover all the main aspects of numerical modelling, such as definition of:
– geometrical model
– element discretization
– material behavior
– boundary conditions and constraints
– static, environmental (temperature and moisture) and dynamic (seismic) loads
Other topics included in the short course are:
– FEM theory
– solver solution techniques
– verification and validation processes
– safety formats
In addition to lectures, the course will also include a practical modelling exercise.
The lecturers on the course are: Dr. Jerzy Salamon (USBR, USA), Dr. Tobias Gasch (COMSOL Multiphysics, Sweden), Dr. Manouchehr Hassanzadeh (Sweco, Sweden) and Dr. Morteza Sohrabi Gilani (Sweco, Sweden). The practical modelling exercise is organized by Dr. Denise Ferreira (DIANA FEA, Netherlands). This short course is arranged by SwedCOLD. The main organizers of the course are Dr. Manouchehr Hassanzadeh (Sweco, Sweden) and Dr. Daniel Rydle (Vattenfall, Sweden).