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EPSRC Reference: GR/R93964/01
Title: An Experimentally Validated Procedure for the Seismic Assessment of Intake/Outlet Towers
Principal Investigator: Taylor, Professor CA
Other Investigators:
Crewe, Dr AJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr WE Daniell
Project Partners:
Halliburton KBR Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)
Department: Civil Engineering
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2003 Ends: 31 March 2007 Value (£): 295,258
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Civil Engineering Materials Ground Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction
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At dam facilities, intake/outlet towers in reservoirs are important structures that regulate the release of water. For safety, they must remain functional to reduce water levels in the event of a damaged dam. Internationally, and in the UK, their risk from various hazards, including earthquakes, must be assessed, because of the consequences of dam failure. Currently, there is a lack of knowledge on their seismic behaviour, and little guidance for their seismic assessment.The proposed research will remedy these deficiencies. The behaviour of reinforced concrete towers during earthquakes will be examined. Theoretical techniques will be developed to analyse computer models of towers for seismic loading. Experimentally, 1/6th scale-models of towers will be made and tested to their extremes, for cyclic earthquake type loads, in a specially constructed test rig. Theoretical techniques will be validated by the test data. The research aim is to produce a reliable, cost-effective procedure for the seismic assessment of reservoir towers. It will be used by consulting engineers to help dam owners quantify the risk to their facilities and to identify any remedial work required to improve safety. Thus, an increased level of protection to the public can be guaranteed.
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