Comprehensive Application of the Block Element Analysis: Xiaowan Project
Since it is stipulated in China’s design specifications that, in addition to the classical structural analyses and the physical model experiments, for high grade hydraulic structures one or two advanced methods should be employed in parallel. Hence in this chapter the systematic study on Xiaowan Project by the BEA is presented, which covers the whole process from the excavation/stabilization of the slopes related to tunnel intakes and arch dam foundation/abutments, to the performance of dam-foundation system.
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