Basic Design Criteria for Construction Gravity and Arch Dams


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Title: Basic Design Criteria for Construction Gravity and Arch Dams

Author(s): J. J. Hammond

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 50

Issue: 4

Appears on pages(s): 657-668

Keywords: no keywords

Date: 4/1/1954

With the accumulation of considerable data on the behavior of concrete dams by the Bureau of Reclaimation, it was thought current design practices might be revised to permit more rational design with attendent economy. Accordingly, a Bureau committee analyzed: (1) forces that act on gravity and arch dams to promote instablity and failure, (2) resisting forces which promote stablity or structural competancy, (3) meaning and measurement of factor of safety, and (4) requisite strengths of materials and foundations and methods of measurement. Analyses disclose that gravity and arch dam design may be made more rational bey the adoption of uniform and constant procedure, and by full utilization of the data from analytical procedures, laboratory investigations, and measurements of the behavior of structures in service. Design criteria, derived from these investigations, for concrete arch and gravity dams are included.