The influence of grouting contraction joints on the stress-strain state concrete dam during the filling water reservoir of Boguchan HPP

Vestnik MGSU 9/2018 Volume 13
  • Baklykov Igor' Vyacheslavovich - JSC “Institute Hydroproject”, 2 Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow leading engineer, JSC “Institute Hydroproject”, 2 Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, Igor V.

Pages 1133-1142

The monolithic of concrete gravity dams is one of the important features of their construction. As shown by field observations, almost all concrete dams have cracks in one way or another, and the successful operation of gravity dams in the presence of a large number of cracks indicates large reserves of their strength. As a result of the erection of a concrete dam by the method of column cutting, a structural joints is technologically provided for. The static work of the column in this construction scheme is not monolithic, the creation of monolithic concrete columns at the time of filling the reservoir is carried out by cementing these joints and in this case the dam can be considered a massive unified structure. For the best transfer of forces between the columns, as well as the subsequent qualitative unification of the said joints, a so-called keys is made in them. In the present paper, the effect of cementing of joints with keys on the stress-strain state of a concrete dam during the filling of a reservoir is considered. To determine the stress-strain state, the main loads and impacts are taken into account: own weight of concrete, hydrostatic pressure, filtration pressure, and seasonal temperature variation. For calculations, a typical section of the concrete dam of the Boguchanskaya HPP was selected. Analysis of field data for the opening of the joints of the concrete dam at the Boguchanskaya HPP showed that the conducted primary cementing did not fully allow the dam to be made monolithic. Thus, part of the joints, which emerges on the bottom face of the dam, was subjected to alternating temperatures of ambient air with a sufficiently wide amplitude. In connection with this, the periodic nature of the state of the joints appeared, namely, “closing-opening”. Calculations carried out within the framework of this work confirmed the seasonal nature of the joints, which allowed to check the stress-strain state of concrete columns in case of incomplete cementation and to give recommendations on further cementation of joints. Materials and methods: analysis of stress-strain state, finite element method. Results: the behavior of concrete column of a gravity dam is analyzed taking into account the incompleteness monolithic of inter-columnar joints by calculating the non-stationary heat conduction problem with subsequent determination of the stress-strain state of concrete column. Seasonal places of opening of inter-columnar joint were identified and their unevenness in the opening of the seam height was revealed. Conclusions: practical application of the methods used to take into account the real configuration of the fine seams of the performed calculations allows us to more accurately determine the stress-strain state of the concrete columns of the dam, as well as the effect of omonivation on the stress-strain state.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2018.9.1133-1142


Research into the stress-strained state of the concrete dam given the variability of the linear expansion coefficient of concrete

Vestnik MGSU 11/2014
  • Krutov Denis Anatol’evich - Institute Hydroproject named after S.Ya. Zhuk (Institute Hydroproject) Candidate of Technical Sciences, Chief Specialist, Hydraulic Department 1, Institute Hydroproject named after S.Ya. Zhuk (Institute Hydroproject), 2 Volokolamskoe Shosse, Moscow, 125993, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Shilov Leonid Andreevich - Institute Hydroproject named after S.Ya. Zhuk (Institute Hydroproject); Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) category 1 engineer Hydraulic Department 1, Institute Hydroproject; Master student, Institute of Engineering and Ecological Construction, and Automation, MGSU, Institute Hydroproject named after S.Ya. Zhuk (Institute Hydroproject); Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), 2 Volokolamskoe Shosse, Moscow, 125993, Russian Federation; 26 Yaroslavskoe shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pages 154-160

The article has summarized findings of the research into the stress-strained state of the concrete dam. Within the framework of this project, the co-authors have analyzed particular features accompanying field data processing, if the concrete dam serves as the data source. The co-authors have derived average linear expansion coefficients for frozen concrete samples originating from varied dam zones. The findings of numerical studies are provided with the account for the variable value of the linear expansion coefficient of the concrete exposed to negative temperatures. Specialized contact methods in finite elements simulations were employed to simulate the casting joints, with the monolith height being equal to 1.5 m, to take account of the non-linear shear strain of joints and their opening. The analysis performed by the co-authors is based on the combinations of loads and other exposures typical for January as the coldest month of an average year. Casting joints were only simulated in the bottom of the finite element dam model, while no joints were simulated for the dam top. The findings have proven, that the 1.53-fold rise in the value of α accompanying concrete freezing, influences the strain state of the dam at Bogouchanskaya hydropower plant. However no effect was produced by the change in the α value onto the strain state of the dam face. Besides, the rock-to-concrete contact depth and width increased. Although, given the small value of the aforementioned increase (decimal points of a millimeter), it will produce no effect on the filtration underway within the bedrock base of the dam. Changes in the value of the linear expansion coefficient of concrete must be taken into account when physico-mechanical characteristics of concrete are identified for the purpose of the finite element analysis.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2014.11.154-160

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Monitoring the concrete-rock contact seam behavior fromthe upstream dam face to ensure the safety of Boguchany concrete dam

Vestnik MGSU 7/2013
  • Vavilova Vera Konstantinovna - TsSGNEO Branch of JSC Institute Hydroproject named after S.Y. Zhuk +7 (495) 158-06-79, TsSGNEO Branch of JSC Institute Hydroproject named after S.Y. Zhuk, 2 Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, 125993, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Yur’ev Sergey Vladimirovich - JSC Institute Hydroproject named after S.Y. Zhuk Chief Design Engineer, JSC Institute Hydroproject named after S.Y. Zhuk, 2 Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, 125993, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pages 157-166

The authors argue that the attention of designers of concrete dams shall be focused on the concrete dam — rock foundation contact zone. The study of the exposure to the rock mass tensile strength in case of the concrete dam sliding is a relevant problem; its resolution may improve the operation of the whole hydraulic engineering structure. The method of selecting the dam safety criteria based on the field test data and laboratory reservoir impoundment observations is a relevant topic for discussion. If the strength margin value is in place, Russian regulations permit the tensile strength break along the concrete - rock contact line.The team led by Yu. A. Fishman and S.Yu. Roza has for a long time been researching into the problem of the limit state of rock foundations of concrete gravity dams. The study of the rock foundation failure, if exposed to horizontal and vertical loads, was also performed by VNIIG (Vedeneev All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering) and MGSU (Moscow State University of Civil Engineering). Both institutions have discovered that particular attention should be paid to the methodology of identification of shear strength parameters for the analysis of the first limit state to assess the reliability of the concrete dam foundation.The construction of Boguchany HPP plant is close to completion in the KrasnoyarskTerritory. The initial impoundment of the Boguchany reservoir was commenced in April,2012. According to the rock foundation monitoring data, it can be assumed that the behavior of the contact zone exposed to the shear load is in compliance with the pre-set parameters, and it needs further studies to accompany the water level rise. The foundation monitoring data collected in the course of the experiment will let the authors study the behavior of the Boguchany dam to verify the behavior of the dam-rock contact zone exposed to the real conditions of the reservoir impoundment.In the future, the results of these studies will make it possible to establish more precise criteria for the concrete-rock contact zone of the Boguchany dam project.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2013.7.157-166

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Vestnik MGSU 12/2012
  • Aniskin Nikolay Alekseevich - Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University) (MGSU) Doctor of Engineering, Professor, Director of Institute of Hydrotechnical and Energy Construction, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University) (MGSU), 26 Yaroslavskoye shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Nguen Hoang - Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) postgraduate student, Department of Hydraulic Engineering Structures, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), 26 Yaroslavskoe shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pages 212 - 218

Concrete massive head buttress dams and gravity dams with extended air cavities were widely used in the hydraulic engineering of Russia and CIS countries. Most of them were built in the severe climate with low average annual temperatures. These circumstances are to be considered in design of the above structures to contemplate technological and design actions aimed at improvement of the stress state of dams.
The solution to the three-dimensional temperature problem is considered in this paper on the basis of the following example of a dam: the height of a concrete buttress dam is 225.0 meters; it will be built in severe climatic conditions; the average annual temperature is - 8.5 °C; the minimum temperature in winter reaches -33 °C in January (average annual value) with an absolute minimum of -60 °C; the period of negative temperatures continues for 7 months in a year. As a result, the solution to the non-stationary temperature problem using the finite element method consists in the method by virtue of which the temperature field of the analyzed area for any moment in time is calculated on the basis of pre-set values of temperature factors variable over the time.
The thermal regime of the concrete dam with an air cavity can be adjustable by simple structural elements, including a heat-insulating wall and artificial heating of cavities. The required intensity and duration of heating are to be identified. Final conclusions about the most favorable thermal regime pattern will be made upon completion of fundamental calculations of the thermal stress state of the dam to be performed in the next phase of the research.

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