Analysis of Single Curvature Arch Dams Using Finite Element Method

  • Deepak PatilEmail author
  • Shrikant Charhate
Conference paper


The arch dam is a massive water retaining structure made up of concrete. The buckling of arch dam belongs to theory of buckling of shells. This paper deals with finite element analysis of constant angle concrete arch dam with full reservoir conditions. Keeping the central angle 120° and valley profile constant at an angle of 30° with the vertical; dam is analyzed for maximum deflections and maximum principal moments for varying thickness across the dam profile. Von Mises stress theory is applied to find maximum stress factors in membrane and flexure. The parametric investigation of constant angle arch dam reveals that the maximum stresses and displacements are minimized with increasing base thickness and vice versa with aspect ratio.


Finite element method Constant angle Deflections Stress factors Von Mises stress theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Pillai’s HOC college of Engineering and Technology, RasayniUniversity of MumbaiMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and TechnologyAmity UniversityMumbaiIndia

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