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FEM Modeling of Concrete Gravity Dams (Civil Project)

This project is an analysis of two different concrete gravity dams. One of the dams, the Baozhusi Hydropower Station, is a fully functional concrete gravity dam situated in the Sichuan province in the Peoples Republic of China. This dam reopened again after its upgrading, which was finished in 1998.

The dam has three main purposes: irrigation, flood control and power extraction. Our analysis in this study is to prove or disprove, by results given by the Finite Element Method (FEM), the safety of the dam due to Chinese standards. The section which we have analyzed is in one of the dam’s turbine sections.

The second dam is under construction, situated in the Kuchin province in Myanmar. In spite of the dam’s location it’s partly a Chinese project. The Qipei Hydropower Project is going to dam up the Irrawaddy River with the main purpose of generating power but also provide flood control for the region. We are in this study analyzing the safety of the dam due to Chinese standards in one of the dam’s solid sections. Both dams are analyzed in a static state, in a usual and an unusual load case state, meaning that we have considered a normal water flow and higher flow simulating a flood.
Source: KTH
Author: Boberg, Björn | Holm, David

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