## Case studies of cracking of concrete dams: a linear elastic approach |

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### Contents

Case Study I The Fontana Gravity Dam | 9 |

Case Study III The Kolnbrein Arch Dam | 33 |

Case Study III The Generic Gravity Dam | 66 |

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3-D analysis analyzed assumed calculated cantilever classical analysis compression concrete dams considered construction joint crack extended crack in Stage crack increment crack length crack obtained crack pressure crack propagated crack tip crack trajectory cracks in dams critical notch length cross-section dam heel displacement downstream crack effective stress intensity element fracture analysis evaluated factor-of-safety factors of Stage FEM mesh Model finite element analysis finite element fracture Fontana Dam foundation crack foundation surface fracture mechanics fracture parameters gravity load horizontal Keff Kjj's Kolnbrein arch dam Kolnbrein dam LEFM linear elastic Load components meters microcracks Mode MPaVm NOTCH ANGLE plane strain Poisson ratio pore water pressure predicted process zone propagation analysis result shear strength shear stress shown in Figure simulated singular elements stability Stage I crack stress field stress intensity factors Table tensile stress theory trial-load method uplift pressure upstream crack upstream wall water pressure