Researchers from CIMNE, including Javier San Mauro and Fernando Salazar, have developed an interactive tool for automatic predimensioning and numerical modeling of arch dams. The aim of this tool is to perform in an automatic way the generation of the geometry, the mesh, and the assignment of the boundary conditions.
This tool represents an innovation to design FEM models of double-curvature arch dams in front other solutions based on recommendations of traditional technical documents without taking into account the possibilities of computer-aided design.
Another characteristic is the tool is integrated with the pre and post process software GiD, which allows taking advantage of its functionalities, such as mesh generation and results analysis. It is also coupled with a specific application for thermo-mechanical analysis of dams, developed in Kratos Multiphysics. The whole design process can be followed in a unique environment, because the structural response of preliminary designs can be computed and the results considered to refine the dam geometry.
The work will be presented during the 14th ICOLD International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams. The Workshop is been helding from the 6th to the 8th September 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.
A preliminar version of this work was presented in the past GiD convention.