ThermoMechanical Analysis of Roller Compacted Concrete Dams
Year: 2011
NABEEL AHMED KHAN
2007MSSTRU08
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY LAHORE, PAKISTAN
ThermoMechanical Analysis of Roller Compacted Concrete Dams
Year: 2011
NABEEL AHMED KHAN
2007MSSTRU08
SUPERVISOR (Assistant Prof. Dr. Kafeel Ahmad) 
EXTERNAL EXAMINER (Prof. (R) Dr. Ziauddin Mian) 
CHAIRMAN Civil Engineering Department 
DEAN Faculty of Civil Engineering 
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY LAHORE, PAKISTAN
Dedication
To Parents and Teachers for leading me into intellectual persuade and who inspired me towards the sacred task of learning.
Acknowledgements
The author would not have been able to finish this project without the support of family and friends who have always been there, the encouragement they give to keep moving and their love to empower, that never fails at any time. Thank you.
The author would like to thank Dr. Kafeel Ahmad, Research Supervisor, who has given a chance to prove that everything is possible. His deep insight and supervision gave a lot of positive perspective, and taught things far more than understanding. To you sir, the author gives lots of thanks and respect. Thank you.
The author would also thank Mr.Mumtaz J. Shabbir (late), the Ex Head of SED NESPAK who was a true leader and visionary and always inspired everyone towards living purposefully and attaining something with marvel and dedication. He will always live in the hearts for what he taught was the sheer sense of honour and love for the field. Thank you Sir.
And In the end, the author would like to thank Almighty Allah, He who was, is and will always be; Him who is giving high hopes; for giving us strength and hope towards achieving goals; for being true to what He promised. All praises to Him, thank you our Creator and Savior. To God be the glory.
Nabeel A. Khan
ABSTRACT
Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) has emerged as an excellent material to replace the costly conventional mass concrete in the construction of large dams worldwide. RCC dams are built by placing concrete lifts and compacting them with external vibratory rollers and dozers. The principal advantage of the use of RCC is reduced cost and time in dam construction. But it has a tendency of excessive thermal cracking which needs to be controlled during its design and construction.
Concrete setting is an exothermic reaction which produces considerable amount of heat due to hydration of cement. The low thermal conductivity of concrete and the great volume of massive concrete structure, such as gravity dam, contribute to a low dissipation of the hydration heat. The rapid method of construction associated with RCC dams creates an adiabatic environment inside the dam, as there is no time to dissipate the heat generated before placing the next layer. This transient thermal gradient results in volumetric changes which may be restrained by previously set concrete in the vicinity of the newly placed lift, thus causing tensile stresses. If concrete tensile strain capacity is exceeded, cracking will occur. Excessive concrete cracking may cause excessive seepage, with the resulting damaging effects on durability and even structural stability of dam. Experience shows that thermal cracking is a major concern for RCC dams and a realistic evaluation of this phenomenon beforehand is mandatory.
In this research, steps involved in thermomechanical analysis of large RCC dams have been presented. Detailed constructionstage thermomechanical analysis of Dasu Dam which is a part of WAPDA’s Future vision 2025 has been carried out as case study emphasizing on actual site conditions prevalent during the construction of this dam.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABSTRACT
1.0 
INTRODUCTION 
1 
1.1 
Development of RCC 
1 
1.2 
Advent of RCC in Pakistan 
2 
1.3 
Structural Analyses of RCC Dams 
3 
1.4 
Why Thermal Analysis? 
3 
1.5 
Thesis Organization 
4 
2.0 
LITERATURE REVIEW 
5 
2.1 
Introduction 
5 
2.2 
Discussion & Underlying Principles 
5 
2.3 
Numerical Models for ThermoMechanical Analysis of RCC 
11 
2.4 
Further Research 
26 
3.0 
COMPUTATIONAL STRATEGY & ALGORITHM 
29 
3.1 
Introduction 
29 
3.2 
Algorithm for ThermoMechanical Analysis of RCC Dam 
29 
3.3 
Numerical Modeling and Material Properties 
32 
3.3.1 
Mix Design of RCC 
32 
3.3.2 
RCC Properties Adopted in this Analysis 
34 
3.3.3 
Climatic Variations 
38 
3.3.4 
Placement Temperature 
38 
3.3.5 
Construction Schedule 
39 
3.4 
Computer Modeling 
41 
3.4.1 
Introduction to ANSYS 
41 
3.4.2 
Numerical Discretization and Analysis Procedure 
42 
3.4.3 
Analysis Assumptions 
47 
4.0 
RESULTS & DISCUSSIONS 
48 
4.1 
Introduction 
48 
4.2 
Thermal Gradient Analysis 
48 
4.3 
Thermal Stress Analysis 
52 
4.4 
Thermal Crack Analysis 
56 
4.5
Fracture Mechanics Parameters
60
4.5.1
Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM)
60
4.5.2 
Non Linear Fracture Mechanics 
61 
4.5.3 
Fictitious Crack Model 
62 
4.5.4 
Application of Fracture Mechanics 
63 
4.6 
Validation of Results 
66 
5.0 
CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS 
68 
5.1 
Introduction 
68 
5.2 
Conclusions 
68 
5.3 
Recommendations 
71 
REFERENCES
Chapter
1
INTRODUCTION
Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) has emerged as an excellent material to replace the costly conventional mass concrete in the construction of large dams worldwide over the past forty years. The use of RCC has allowed many new dams to become financially viable due to the reduced economies realized from the rapid construction method.
In physical appearance, RCC is relatively dry, lean and has zero slump, containing coarse and fine aggregates that are consolidated by external vibration using vibratory rollers, dozers and other heavy equipment. In principle, RCC dam is a concrete dam constructed by using earth/rockfill dam construction equipment. In the hardened condition, RCC has similar properties to conventional concrete. For effective compaction, RCC must be dry enough to support the weight of the construction equipment, but have a consistency wet enough to permit adequate distribution of the paste binder throughout the mass during the mixing and vibration process.
ACI 116 and ACI 207.5R defines RCC as concrete compacted by roller compaction; and which will support a (vibratory) roller while being compacted. RCC is usually mixed using highcapacity continuous mixing or batching equipment. The mix is then delivered with trucks or conveyors, and spread with bulldozers in layers prior to compaction.
1.1 DEVELOPMENT OF RCC
Roller compacted concrete has been in regular use since 1920s, mostly as a base for highways and airfield pavements. The rapid worldwide acceptance of RCC was a result of its economics and successful performance in the recent history. The first use of RCC in
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large volumes (2.66 million cubic metres) was at Tarbela Dam in 1974 where it was used to replace rock in the collapsed stilling basins and plunge pools. Shimajigawa Dam, Japan (completed in 1981) and Willow Creek Dam, USA (completed in 1982) are considered the principal structures that initiated the global acceptance of RCC dams and up till today, over 500 RCC dams have been completed worldwide. It has become virtually the standard method of constructing concrete gravity dams.
Rapid advances in RCC construction have occurred in developing nations to meet increased water and power needs. Faster concrete placement rates and low heat of hydration have primarily been key factors for the construction of large RCC dams. The highest RCC dam built to date is the 216m high Longtan dam, currently nearing completion in China. The 220 m high Nam Ngum dam in Lao PDR is also at initial stages. The behaviour of RCC gravity dams is essentially the same as for conventional concrete gravity dams from structural, operational and maintenance points of view.
1.2 ADVENT OF RCC IN PAKISTAN
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) launched an elaborate plan to meet the country’s growing energy needs namely “Water Resources and Hydropower Development Vision 2025” according to which several large dams have been proposed throughout Pakistan with Diamer Basha Dam (283m high), Dasu Dam (233m high) and Bunji Dam (180m high) to name a few being RCC dams specifically. These three large dams will add approximately 12000 Megawatts to the national grid. Construction of Diamer Basha Dam will initiate in 2011, Dasu Dam is in tender design stage whereas prefeasibility studies of Bunji Dam have been completed. Once completed, these dams will certainly be a landmark for Northern Areas of Pakistan making it a potential hub of extreme engineering achievements in the field of RCC dam construction.
The design of an RCC dam balances the use of available materials, the selection of structural features and the proposed methods of construction. Faster concrete placement rates and low heat of hydration have been key factors for the construction of large RCC dams. By maintaining good quality control during construction, RCC offers an attractive option for building large dams especially gravity dams where the concrete volume is
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substantial. Sound rock foundations as encountered at these dam sites are considered the most suitable for RCC gravity dams. In addition, good quality coarse and fine aggregates are available abundantly in these localities which add to the advantages of RCC. All these factors governed the selection of RCC as the ultimate choice for construction of large dams in Pakistan.
1.3 STRUCTURAL ANALYSES OF RCC DAMS
In general, structural design studies of a concrete dam comprise of stability analysis, stress analysis and thermal analysis. Stability and stress analyses are based on principles of statics and dynamics using either the rigid body mechanics or the discretization such as Finite elements etc. Thermal analysis, on the contrary, is quiet rigorous particularly due to lengthy algorithms involved because of its nonlinear incremental transient nature. Above that, definition of accurate concrete model incorporating all important properties to simulate the actual construction scenario of a dam makes the problem even more complicated.
1.4 WHY THERMAL ANALYSIS?
Concrete setting is an exothermic reaction that produces considerable amount of heat due to hydration of cement. The low thermal conductivity of concrete and the great volume of massive concrete structure, such as gravity dam, contribute to a low dissipation of this heat. The rapid method of construction associated with RCC dams creates an almost adiabatic behaviour of material in the centre of dam, as there is no time to dissipate the heat generated before placing the next layer. This transient thermal gradient results in volumetric changes which may be restrained by previously set concrete, thus causing tensile stresses. If concrete tensile strain capacity is exceeded, cracking may occur. Excessive concrete cracking may cause excessive seepage, with the resulting damaging effects on durability and even structural stability. Experience shows that thermal cracking is a major concern for RCC dams and a realistic evaluation of this phenomenon beforehand is mandatory.
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In this research, steps involved in thermomechanical analysis of large RCC dams will be presented. Detailed constructionstage thermomechanical analysis of Dasu Dam will be carried out as case study emphasizing on actual site conditions prevalent at the construction site.
1.5 THESIS ORGANIZATION
The current research has been presented in different chapters described as under, along with a brief summary of works carried out.
Chapter 1 focuses on introducing the concept of RCC and how it has developed over the years replacing the conventional concrete practices in the construction of large dams.
In Chapter 2, a detailed review of literature including the underlying principles of thermo mechanical analysis and description of analytical models put forth by various researchers and some comments on these models have been presented.
In Chapter 3, the computational strategy and modeling of roller compacted concrete has been discussed. Detailed description of the adopted parameters, various assumptions and algorithms used in the computer aided modeling and solution of the thermal analysis problem has been presented. Emphasis has been laid on selection of the most appropriate mathematical model that would simulate the actual onsite conditions of the proposed dam.
Chapter 4 presents the results of thermomechanical analysis as obtained from the software. Both tabular data and graphical displays have been provided to give a better picture and to develop understanding of the actual problem. Sensitivity of the assumed parameters on the obtained results has also been discussed. A brief discussion on fracture mechanics parameters has also been presented in this chapter.
Finally, Chapter 5 concludes the main results obtained from this study and some important recommendations for future research oriented works.
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2
1LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter lays emphasis on the basics of thermal stresses in large concrete dams with detailed description of thermomechanical properties of Roller Compacted Concrete which will be used in detailed analysis afterwards. A number of numerical models presented by various researchers to depict inherent properties of RCC will also be provided with particular merits and demerits.
2.2 DISCUSSION & UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES
During construction, the placement temperature is somewhat higher than the ambient temperature prevalent at that instant. As RCC hydrates, its temperature rises and due to restraint by adjacent material, it experiences compression as it attempts to expand. Once hydration is essentially complete, the RCC slowly cools decreasing the level of the compression till a steady state temperature is reached. The temperature which then causes a stage of no stress is called “zero stress temperature” (ZST). Further decrease of temperature can cause tensile stresses which can exceed tensile capacity and thus lead to crack development.
The following figure describes the various parameters relevant to the thermal studies prepared by Deutsches Talsperren komitee ^{[}^{1}^{]} .
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Figure 2.1: General temperature and stress profile of RCC
A = Concrete Temperature
B = Time
C = Concrete Stresses
D = Zero Stress temperature
E = Cracking Temperature
F = Compressive prestressing
G = Tensile stresses
H = Tensile strength
Heat transfer is a complex phenomenon involving conduction, convection, radiation and heat generation as a result of hydration, all occurring side by side. Due to rapidity of RCC placement, hydration heat becomes entrapped and this heat is conducted radially to the layers above and below the one being considered. Coefficient of conductivity governs this behaviour. Convection occurs as a result of heat loss to the environment depending upon heat transfer mechanism. Convection takes place in two phases:
a)
Immediately after a layer is placed taking some portion of the early heat of hydration. The setting time of RCC is about five to seven hours during which much of the heat is dissipated through convection.
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b) Surface heat transfer taking place from the dam face. Heat generated due to hydration moves towards the dam face due to conduction from where it is lost to air.
Though the thermal effects of conventional concrete and roller compacted concrete do not differ much, still a significant difference between the two is the slower placement rate for conventional concrete which allows for an early dissipation of hydration heat. The rapid placement inherent to RCC implies that increased insulation due to successive layers is present by the time peak hydration temperatures are reached. On the other hand, lower cementitious materials content of RCC implies a lower total adiabatic hydration temperature rise than an equivalent conventionally vibrated concrete (CVC).
The actual temperature rise in mass concrete depends on the dynamics of exothermic reaction between cement and water which in turn is time and temperature dependent. Ambient environmental conditions, thermal properties of the mix, geometry of structure and construction conditions influence the process of heat development. Uncontrolled increase in the temperature of mass concrete is detrimental to the integrity of structure. Increase in volume of concrete equal to the product of temperature rise and coefficient of thermal expansions occurs and this process continues till the peak temperatures are achieved. Over a period of several months or even years, temperature of mass concrete slowly cools to a stable temperature, or a stable temperature cycle. If concrete is unrestrained, it is free to contract as a result of cooling from peak temperatures and no tensile stresses will thus be produced. However, mass concrete structures are always restrained to certain degrees either due to foundation or previously placed concrete lifts, tensile stresses are thus obligatory. If these stresses exceed tensile strain capacity of mass concrete, thermal cracks are formed either on the surface called ‘surface gradient cracking’ or inside the mass called ‘mass gradient cracking’. Seepage is the principal problem if magnitude of these cracks is extensive which causes additional hydraulic gradients inside the dam body, combined with the fact that RCC is somewhat weaker along the lift joints, creates a major risk for structural stability and weakens the dam in sliding.
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The following set of figures describes various parameters/processes involved in the
thermal analysis problem of concrete dam. a) during construction and b) after completion
of construction
Figure 2.2 (a): Process of Heat Transfer in Concrete Dams during Construction
Figure 2.2 (b): Process of Heat Transfer in Concrete Dams after Completion of Construction
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Over the last three decades, efforts have been implanted to establish true numerical simulation of thermal cracking so that potential property and life risk in the event of dam failures may be avoided. Several models were put forth by renowned researchers to evaluate thermal properties of roller compacted concrete as will be presented in the subsequent sections. But before that, a brief description of thermal and mechanical properties of roller compacted concrete is given below ^{[}^{1}^{4}^{]} :
Adiabatic Temperature Rise (T _{a}_{d} ): An adiabatic system is one in which heat is neither allowed to enter or leave. Adiabatic temperature rise is therefore, a rise in temperature of concrete due to heat of hydration of cement in adiabatic conditions. In mass concrete, temperatures near the centre of mass will be sum of placement temperatures and adiabatic temperature rise. Near the surface, peak temperatures will be numerically close to ambient temperatures. Total temperature rise depends on the cement content in the concrete mix. Traditionally, almost half of the cement quantity had been replaced with other cementitious compounds just to reduce the total heat of hydration. Typical values of adiabatic temperature rise in mass concrete ranges from 11 to 19 °C at 5 days to 17 to 25 °C at 28 days. ACI 207.1R also gives typical curves for adiabatic temperature rise to be used in case of unavailability of laboratory data.
Specific Heat (c): Specific heat is the amount of heat required for unit rise in temperature in a unit mass. Its value is affected by temperature changes however, it is assumed constant for mass concrete calculations. Typical values range from 0.75 to 1.25 kJ/kgK.
Thermal Conductivity (K): It is the rate at which heat is transmitted through a material of unit area and thickness when there is a unit difference in temperature between the two faces. It is the product of thermal diffusivity, specific heat and density. It is also assumed to be independent of temperature for the purpose of thermal analysis. Typical values of thermal conductivity for mass concrete range from 1.7 to 3.5 W/mK.
Thermal diffusivity (h ^{2} ): Thermal diffusivity is the rate at which temperature change can occur in a material. It is obtained by dividing thermal conductivity with the product of
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specific heat and unit weight (= K/γc). It is also assumed to be independent of time and temperature. Typical values range from 0.003 to 0.006 m ^{2} /hr.
Modulus of Elasticity (E _{c} ): It is defined as the ratio of normal stress to corresponding normal strain below proportional limit. For concrete, modulus of elasticity depends on the degree of hydration and hence it is time and temperature dependent. However, its temperature dependency is neglected for mass concretes. Laboratory tests should be performed to determine elasticity values at various ages to represent the ‘aging’ effects. Typically, its value range from 21 to 38 GPa at 28 days. Sustained modulus of elasticity (E _{s}_{u}_{s} ) includes creep effects and can be obtained directly from creep tests.
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (C _{t}_{h} ): It is the change in linear dimension per unit length divided by temperature change. The value of this coefficient depends on the type and quantity of coarse aggregates and is considered independent of time and strength. Typical values are 5 to 14 × 10 ^{}^{6} per °C.
Tensile Strain Capacity (ε _{s}_{c} ): It is the change in length/volume per unit length/volume that can be accommodated in concrete prior to cracking. It depends on time and strength of concrete and also upon the rate of loading.
Creep: Creep is defined as time dependent deformation due to loads applied for longer periods. It results in an increase in strain, but at a continuously decreasing rate keeping the stress constant. It depends on modulus of elasticity and hence is time and strength dependent. Specific creep is the creep under unit stress or strain per MPa.
Shrinkage: Drying shrinkage occurs due to loss of moisture from concrete structures which are relatively thin than mass concrete. Autogenous shrinkage is a decrease in volume of concrete due to hydration of the cementitious materials. For mass concrete structures, only autogenous shrinkage is considered. It occurs over longer time periods and is dependent on time and strength of concrete.
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2.3 NUMERICAL MODELS FOR THERMOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF RCC
Thermomechanical analysis is a complex problem due to involvement of plenty of
variables. Aging of concrete is the most important aspect in this regard as almost all
properties of concrete vary with age of concrete. Furthermore, changing environmental
conditions adds to the complexity of this problem. Research is still underway to develop
the most accurate numerical and analytical model of roller compacted concrete in the
construction of dam representing the actual onsite scenarios.
Some of the most prominent works carried out by researchers and practicing engineers at
various mega projects are presented below. Each is followed by a brief note of author’s
observations:
Cervera and Goltz (2004) ^{[}^{7}^{]} presented a modified 1D thermochemomechanical model
for analyzing roller compacted concrete dam. The idea behind this 1D model was to
reduce the computational efforts and CPU time cost in analyzing 2D or 3D models. The
model presented by these authors was implemented in computer program named COMET
developed by International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) in
Barcelona, Spain.
The following hydration model based on the principles of thermodynamics was presented
by the authors:
Thermal field equation is given by:
̇
̇
− () = _{}_{}_{} + _{} ∇. (∇T)
where,
T 
= temperature (°C) 
C 
= heat capacity per unit volume 
Q 
= velocity of liberated heat per unit volume 
… 2.1
R _{e}_{x}_{t} = heat production of the external volume of heat source
k _{T} = thermal conductivity
ξ = hydration degree = Q/Q _{∞}
Q _{∞} = final amount of liberated heat in ideal conditions
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The final degree of hydration depends on the watercement ratio and is calculated by:
_{∞} =
1.031/
0.194+/
^{…} ^{2}^{.}^{2}
This is equivalent to assuming a linear dependency of the form Q(ξ) = Q _{ξ} ξ where Q _{ξ} is
the latent heat, assumed to be constant. To incorporate aging effects on material
properties, an internal variable k was defined which is calculated as:
= ( _{} + _{} ) �
_{}_{}_{} � ^{}^{}
_{} −
_{} −
… 2.3
where, A _{f} , B _{f} = material constants
T _{r}_{e}_{f} = reference temperature
T _{T} = maximum temperature at which hardening of concrete will occur
n _{T} = material property controlling sensibility to the curing temperature
Thus, compressive strength is given as:
^{−} () = _{∞} ^{−}
… 2.4
where, ^{−} is the compressive strength and _{∞} ^{−} is its final value. On a similar pattern,
tensile strength and elastic modulus can be given as:
^{+} () = ^{2}^{/}^{3} _{∞} ^{+} and () = ^{2}^{/}^{3} _{∞}
… 2.5
The creep effects were modeled via a viscoelastic damage model based on the
framework of Continuum Damage Mechanics Theory considering short and long term
behaviours involving creep and relaxation phenomenon. Detailed description of this
model is given in ^{[}^{7}^{]} .
Results from software COMET which is based on the above mathematical model were
compared with temperature data obtained from thermometers installed in Rialb RCC
Dam, Spain.
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Observations and Comments:
This 1D strip model is able to calculate temperature gradients and thermal stresses quiet
accurately. ‘Slide lines’ were placed on both sides of the strip model to simulate the
horizontal heat flux. However, calculation of these slide lines is quiet problematic as heat
can flow in any diagonal direction as well which cannot be modeled with these slide lines.
In addition, transverse crack pattern is difficult to judge from this model due to its 1D
behaviour.
Calmon etal (2004) ^{[}^{6}^{]} presented a numerical model for thermal stresses of RCC dams
using 2D finite element method. According to them, the general 2D partial differential
equation governing the heat flow in a solid is given as:
_{}_{} �() ^{}^{} _{}_{} �() _{}_{} � + ̇ = ^{}^{}
� +
… 2.6
where
q = rate of internal heat generation due to hydration per unit of volume and time (W/m ^{3} )
ρ = density of material (kg/m ^{3} )
c 
= specific heat capacity of concrete (J/kg°C) 
k 
= thermal conductivity of the material (W/m°C) 
ρc = thermal capacity of concrete, and
T = temperature function depending on the location and time
Boundary conditions for this heat flow problem are Neumann conditions given as:
_{}_{} _{} + _{}
_{}_{} _{} + (, , ) = 0
… 2.7
where n _{x} and n _{y} are the Cartesian coordinates of the vector of directional cosines of the
normal to the surface and q(x,y,t) is the heat flow gained/lost by unity area. To simulate
environmental conditions, Calmon etal used the following equation based on Newton’s
law:
q _{c} (x,y,t) = h _{c} [T(x,y,t) – T _{a} (t)]
… 2.8
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Here h _{c} is the convection heat transfer coefficient (also called film coefficient, W/m ^{2} ) and
for concrete surfaces, it is approximated as:
h
_{c} = 3.8w + 4.7
… 2.9
Authors used the following relation originally given by Polivka & Wilson (1976) and
modified by Silva (2002) to portray heat transfer by radiation between two surfaces:
_{} (, , ) = � _{−}_{1} � ( _{} ^{4} − _{} ^{4} )
1
1
^{+}
∈
1
∈
… 2.10
where V = radiation factor (o ≥ V ≥ 1)
σ = StefanBoltzmann constant [5.6705 x 10 ^{}^{8} W/(m ^{2} .K ^{4} )]
ε _{s} = emissivity of the surface
ε _{r} = emissivity of the external source of radiation
T _{s} = absolute temperature of the surface (Kelvin)
T _{r} = absolute temperature of the source (Kelvin)
Now heat gained due to solar radiations was expressed by the following relation:
q _{s} (x,y,t) = a.I (x,y,t)
… 2.11
Here α is the coefficient of absorptivity of solar radiation and I (x,y,t) is the total incident
solar radiation at any point at time t. These values can be obtained from local
meteorological data. To model the heat of hydration of concrete, following equation
based on experimental works of Rastrup (1954) was used.
= + . ^{}^{.}^{(}^{} ^{)} ^{−}^{}
… 2.12
where Q is the heat of hydration (J/g) and E, b, n, q are constants depending on
composition of concrete mix. The variable t _{e} is an equivalent time for the process in real
time t and is obtained as:
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_{} = ^{∑} _{3}_{6}_{0}_{0}
_{2} 0.1( _{} − _{} )
0
… 2.13
Here T _{t} is the temperature of the process during time Δt in seconds and T _{r} is the reference
temperature. Heat generation rate per unit volume and unit time ̇ is
̇ = . . . ( _{} ) ^{−}^{}^{−}^{1} . ^{−}^{}^{.}^{} ^{−}^{} . _{3}_{6}_{0}_{0}
_{2}
0.1( _{} − _{} )
… 2.14
where, ̇ = heat generation rate per unit volume (W/m ^{3} )
C = cement content per unit volume of concrete (kg/m ^{3} )
N, b and E are constants and their values are determined from experimental data
For defining material model in the computer program, authors utilized previously
published data. Variation of modulus of elasticity with time was calculated from the
following equation:
=
+.
^{…} ^{2}^{.}^{1}^{5}
Here, t is the age of concrete while a and b are constants. Creep of concrete was also
considered and following equation developed by United States Bureau of Reclamation
(USBR, 1956) was implanted in the computer program
(, _{0} ) =
1
0 +
_{} _{0} = + / _{0}
_{} _{0} . log ( − _{0} + 1) 
… 2.16 
… 2.17 
where, _{} _{0} = modulus of elasticity at initial age t _{o}
_{} _{0} = coefficient depending on time t _{o} , calculated from above equation
c and d are coefficient of creep function
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Authors developed two computer programs PFEM_2D T and PFEM_2D AT based on above presented equations in collaboration with Furnas Centrais Electricas S.A. Brazil. This software was applied for thermal stress analysis of the gravity dam at Cana Brava hydroelectric plant in Goias, Brazil.
Observations and Comments:
The model presented by Calmon etal (2004) is restricted to two dimensional heat transfer problems. Furthermore, uncoupled thermo mechanical analysis is performed i.e. first temperature distributions for all time increments is calculated and later, these values are used in the second software to judge thermal stresses. This uncoupling is cumbersome in terms of data handling within the software.
In addition, this model does not give any method for determining the placement temperatures of concrete which is a major participant in early thermal stresses. Most of the material properties like thermal conductivity, diffusivity, specific heat etc were considered independent of time and temperature. No emphasis was laid on tensile properties of concrete and hence thermal crack propagation was not determined.
Zhang, Zhu and Guo (2004) ^{[}^{2}^{8}^{]} presented thermal stress simulation and possible crack pattern of 111 m high Mianhuatan RCC dam, China. The authors considered the following equations to simulate material properties of concrete.
() = _{0} (1.0 − ^{−}^{}^{} ^{} )
… 2.18
where, τ = concrete age, E(τ) = elastic modulus at age τ, E _{0} = ultimate elastic modulus, α and β are test parameters.
() = _{0} (1.0 − ^{−}^{}^{} ^{} )
… 2.19
where, θ(τ) = insulated temperature rise at age τ, θ _{0} = ultimate insulated temperature rising. To simulate creep of concrete, authors suggested the following equation:
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(, ) = ( _{1} + _{2} ^{−}^{} 1 )�1 − ^{−}^{} 1 ^{(}^{}^{−}^{}^{)} � + ( _{1} + _{2} ^{−}^{} 2 )�1 − ^{−}^{} 2 ^{(}^{}^{−}^{}^{)} � +
^{−}^{} 3 ^{} �1 − ^{−}^{} 3 ^{(}^{}^{−}^{}^{)} �
… 2.20
In this equation, A _{1} , A _{2} , B _{1} , B _{2} , α _{1} , α _{2} , k _{1} , k _{2} and k _{3} are parameters depending on
experimental data. Authors used compound layer method along with variable time
increments in different regions while modeling Mianhuatan dam on a program developed
by IWHR.
Observations and Comments:
The creep model suggested by authors is very complex involving lots of variables and no
indication has been given to determine these variables from lab testing. Compound layer
method adopted in this study is a powerful tool to reduce number of calculation steps
while assuring accuracy. In this method finer mesh is used at early ages of concrete to
account for minute thermal changes. As time progresses and temperatures attain
somewhat constant values, these fine meshes are merged into larger sized meshes. On
similar pattern, time steps are also changed from smaller time steps at early ages to larger
ones at later. This method is very efficient and reduces calculation time dramatically.
Noorzaei, Ghafouri and Amini (2006) ^{[}^{2}^{3}^{]} investigated the influence of placement
schedule on thermal stresses of RCC dam. A finite element based computer code named
STARD was developed and following relationships were postulated to determine
temperature gradient and corresponding stresses. These were later applied to calculate
thermal stresses for 169m high Roodbar RCC dam, Iran.
Fourier equation governing thermal generation and temperature distribution for isotropic
2D environment is
^{2} ^{2}
+
^{2} ^{2}
+
^{}
=
where, ρ = density
C = concrete specific heat
… 2.21
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T 
= concrete temperature 
K 
= concrete conductivity coefficient 
Q 
= rate of heat introducing per unit volume 
α = thermal diffusing
Two main boundary conditions for this problem are Drichlet and Couchy boundary as shown below:
T = T _{p}
_{} + _{} _{}_{} _{} + + ℎ( _{} − _{} ) = 0
… 2.22
… 2.23
where T _{p} is the known value of temperatures on nodal points at boundaries, q is the heat flowing from surface, h is the film coefficient, T _{s} is unknown temperature at the boundary nodal points, T _{f} is ambient temperature, l _{x} and l _{y} are direction cosines.
Authors used the following numerical model originally developed by Taylor and Galerkin for solving these equations.
[
∗
]{∆T} _{=} { _{} ^{∗} }
_{…} _{2}_{.}_{2}_{4}
Here [
these matrices are given in Ref [5]. For determination of hydration heat, equation given by M. Ishikawa (1991) for RCC was used
∗
] is the load matrix and { _{} ^{∗} } is the force matrix. Relations for determination of
Q = ρcT _{a}_{d} 
… 2.25 
where T _{a}_{d} is the adiabatic rise in concrete temperature and is given by: 

T _{a}_{d} = K _{t} (1e ^{}^{α}^{t} ) 
… 2.26 
Here K _{t} is the maximum temperature of concrete under adiabatic conditions and α is a parameter representing heat generation rate. This yields the following equation:
Q = ρc K _{t} αe ^{}^{α}^{t}
… 2.27
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Temperature of RCC while placing is another key factor and authors postulated the following equation for its determination
T _{c}_{a}_{s}_{t}_{i}_{n}_{g} = T _{a}_{n}_{u} 2/3(T _{a}_{n}_{u} T _{m}_{o}_{n} ) + Crush Add + Mixing Add + Transporting Add
… 2.28
Adding temperature of aggregate crushing and concrete mixing is generally assumed equal to 1.1 °C. The effect of radiations of newly placed concrete was considered by adding 1°C to the computer model. To account for temperature distribution in rock, it was suggested that heat transfer should be analyzed for temperature data of 23 years before starting of construction.
The influence of placing schedules was checked by performing thermal analysis for two different conditions: placement starting on 1 November and placement starting on 1 July. Based on their research, authors concluded that concrete placement starting in summer season will increase tensile stresses near the dam foundations.
Observations and Comments:
The numerical model used by Noorzaei etal is very elaborate and comprehensive. However, more exact calculations have been put forth by other researchers as will be discussed in the subsequent sections.
Nehrin and Fuji (2001) ^{[}^{2}^{1}^{]} carried out 3D finite element thermal analysis using ANSYS/Thermal software for 56.5 m high Hinata Dam, Japan. Mathematical formulation adopted by the authors for this purpose is presented below:
The governing partial differential equation used for 3D transient thermal conditions in Cartesian coordinates is given by:
^{}^{} = []∇ ^{2} + _{}
Initial conditions adopted for this problem were
lim _{}_{→}_{0} (, ) = _{0} ()
… 2.29
… 2.30
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where P = P(x,y,z) at any point. The boundary conditions prevalent for this problem are stated below:
Prescribed temperature = T(P, t ≠ 0) = T’
Prescribed heat flux over the surface, _{} = {} ^{} {} 
… 2.31 
Heat transfer by convection, expressed by Newton’s Cooling law, 

{} ^{} {} = −ℎ _{} { _{} − } 
… 2.32 
where T _{b} is the bulk temperature of the atmosphere, T is the surface temperature and h _{c} is
the film coefficient and its value given by Froli [1993] for concreteair interface is:
ℎ _{} = 5.6 + 4.0 
for V< 5m/s 

= 
7.15 ^{0}^{.}^{7}^{8} 
for V ≥ 5m/s 
… 2.33 
Solar radiation absorbed by the dam surface was expressed as: 

{} ^{} {} = [ _{} + _{} ] 
… 2.34 
Here a is the absorptivity of the concrete surface, I _{d} is the direct solar radiation and I _{i} is
indirect (diffused) solar radiation. Determination of absorbed solar radiation is very
complex and so a suitable fictitious temperature T _{b} * called “equivalent atmospheric
temperature” was introduced because it included the effects of both heat from sun and
effects of air temperature. Hence,
{} ^{} {} = −ℎ _{} { _{} ^{∗} − ′}
where
_{} ^{∗} = _{} +
_{} [ _{} + _{} ]
ℎ
… 2.35
Heat generation due to hydration was given as: " = ^{}^{Ω} with Ω(t) being obtained from
curve fitting on experimental data (Tu and Niu, 1998) and was expressed as :
Ω(t) = 28.96(1 − e ^{−}^{0}^{.}^{3}^{8}^{t} ) °C
… 2.36
For determination of thermal stresses and strains, authors cited the work of Lewis,
Morgan and Zeinkiewicz (1981).
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Computer model of the dam section developed on ANSYS/Thermal consisted of 5625 8
noded, 3D hexahedral elements with temperature and structural displacements assigned
as DOF for these elements. All initial and boundary conditions were applied to this model
except thermal radiations for which another layer of specialized elements provided in the
software database was superimposed on the previous model. To determine the
requirements of precooling of concrete, three cases were investigated i) T _{p} = T _{a}_{m}_{b} + 3°C
(no precooling), ii) T _{p} = T _{a}_{m}_{b} (mild precooling) and iii) T _{p} = T _{a}_{m}_{b}  3°C (intense pre
cooling).
Observations and Comments:
Results obtained from this thermal study were similar to data obtained from
thermocouples installed at various levels of the dam. Simulation of thermal field by
software ANSYS/Thermal was quiet realistic and comprehensive. Flexibility of modeling
different boundary conditions of the problem is the primary advantage of ANSYS.
However, a few discrepancies in the authors’ work were exclusion of creep effects from
the problem and ignoring material nonlinearity which would have returned more precise
results.
One of the most remarkable research works in this subject is carried out by Giesecke, Qin
and Marx (2002) ^{[}^{1}^{6}^{]} from University of Stuttgart, Germany. They presented a realistic
and computational efficient method to solve temperature and thermal stress problems for
large RCC dams. Numerical model developed by the authors is presented below:
The Fourier differential equation for changing temperature field is given as:
(,)
Here,
−∑
=1
_{}
� _{}
(,)
_{}
� =
T 
= temperature [°C] 
c 
= specific heat [J/(kg.K)] 
for x Є Ω, t > 0
ρ = density [kg/m ^{3} ]
d = dimension of domain Ω
k _{i} = thermal conductivity [W/(m.K)]
… 2.37
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q = rate of heat generation [W/m ^{3} ]
Heat transfer from the surface of concrete is given by:
q 
_{n} = q _{H} + q _{L}  R _{n} 
… 2.38 
q 
_{n} = heat flux normal to the surface of structure [W/m ^{2} ] 

q 
_{H} = sensible heat flux through conduction and convection [W/m ^{2} ] = α _{c} .(T _{o}  T _{a} ) 
Here α _{c} is the convective heat transfer coefficient [W/(m ^{2} .K)], T _{a} is temperature of the
fluid and T _{o} is temperature of the structure surface
q _{L} = latent heat flux through evaporation and condensation [W/m ^{2} ] based on Penman Brutsaert Model
R _{n} = net radiation [W/m ^{2} ] = q _{G}  q _{E}
q _{G} = net incoming shortwave radiation = (1.0 – α _{G} ).G
Here α _{G} is the albedo (reflection coefficient) of the structure surface with respect to global
radiations and G is the global radiation incident upon the structure surface.
q _{E} = net outgoing longwave radiation = α _{r} .(T _{o} T _{a} )
α _{r} = ε. σ. (T _{o} ^{2} + T _{a} ^{2} )( T _{o} + T _{a} )
where,
α _{r} = radiative heat transfer coefficient [W/(m ^{2} .K)]
ε = radiation exchange coefficient []
σ = StefanBoltzmann constant = 5.67035 x 10 ^{}^{8} [W / (m ^{2} .K ^{4} )]
T _{o} = temperature of the surface [K]
T _{a} = temperature of the atmosphere [K]
Summarizing these equations,
q _{n} =(a _{c} +a _{r} )(T _{o} T _{a} ) + q _{L} –q _{G} = a(T _{o} T _{a} ) + q _{L} q _{G}
… 2.39
To represent the adiabatic rise in temperature due to hydration heat, authors derived the
following expressions:
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̇
= = _{}_{} = _{}_{}
̇
̇
∞
… 2.40
Q = rate of hydration heat
T _{a}_{d} = adiabatic temperature rise measured in adiabatic test
∞
^{}
= final value of Tad
ξ
∞
= hydration degree = _{}_{} / _{}_{}
For a temperature regime different from that under which T _{a}_{d} is measured, ξ can be calculated as
= exp (− _{} )
… 2.41
Here b and n are material constants and t _{e} is the maturity or equivalent age and is calculated as:
= ∫
exp [ (() − _{}_{}_{} )]
… 2.42
Where B is a material constant called temperature sensitivity factor, T _{r}_{e}_{f} is the reference
̇
temperature for which maturity equals the real time values. So hydration degree under a
variable temperature regime can be calculated as:
̇
= _{} _{}
= exp (−
_{} _{} +1
)
exp [(() − _{}_{}_{} )]
… 2.43
Authors used the work of Cervera etal ^{[}^{7}^{]} for simulating aging effect on mechanical
properties of concrete. Total strain in concrete was assumed to be a sum of stress related
part _{} (comprising of elastic strain _{} and creep strain _{} ) and stress unrelated part _{⋉}_{}
(comprising of shrinkage strain _{} and thermal strain _{} . This is shown below:
̇ = ̇ _{} + ̇ _{⋉}_{} = ̇ _{} + ̇ _{} + ̇ _{} + ̇ _{}
… 2.44
Stress related strain was determined using a rheological model consisting of springs,
Kelvin chains and a single dashpot representing stiffnesses, viscosities and transitional
thermal creep respectively.
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The above described model was incorporated in a finite element program TESAR which was used for calculating temperature field development of Longtan RCC dam in China. To improve the computing efficiencies, authors used adaptive compound layer method and adaptive time step method to control the discretization in space and time respectively. This means that in the regions of freshly placed concrete, temperature and stresses are calculated layer by layer but as time passes, thermal and mechanical properties of concrete in lower regions become somewhat stationary and hence these individual layers can be combined into one thicker layer having coarser mesh.
Due to unavailability of solar radiations data at the site, effects of solar radiation and evaporation were not considered in the analysis. However a parametric study was carried out on 1D strip model to explore the influence of solar radiation and evaporation on RCC dams. Environmental data was taken from Web Service of National Technical University of Athens. Based on these studies, it was concluded that influence of solar radiation and evaporation on temperature development of RCC is significant. Also the magnitude and distribution of the wind speed have significant effects on the temperature evaluation of early age concrete.
Observations and Comments:
The mathematical model presented herein is very elaborate and quiet realistic. Almost all primary factors involved in the transient temperature problem have been incorporated in this model. However, due to missing site data, effects of solar radiations and evaporation were ignored which has introduced a marginal error of up to 2% in the final results. Many of these equations will be used in the current research also because of the resemblance of environmental and structural features of Longtan Dam China and the proposed Dasu Dam, Pakistan.
Thermal Studies at Diamer Basha Dam:
Diamer Basha dam is located about 60 kms upstream of Dasu dam and as per WAPDA’s vision 2025; it will be constructed prior to Dasu dam. So the preliminary thermal studies carried out during the detail design of Diamer Basha dam are of principal importance in the current research.
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Material testing was not carried out during this study, therefore material properties assumed for the preliminary thermal analysis were based on experience with other projects. Seven trial mixes were assumed having different proportions of cementitious materials (cement, fly ash, slag etc). Heat of hydration and modulus of elasticity were assumed independent of temperature. Following expressions were used in this study ^{[}^{3}^{]} :
Initial elastic modulus: _{} = −1.6( _{} ^{′} ) ^{3} + 
45( _{} ^{′} ) ^{2} + 989.4 _{} ′ 
… 2.45 
Splitting strength: _{}_{}_{}_{}_{} = 0.1329 _{} ′ 
… 2.46 

Tensile strength: _{} ^{′} = 0.3 log(10 _{} ^{′} ) . _{}_{}_{}_{}_{} 
= 0.03987. _{} ^{′} . log (10 _{} ^{′} ) 
… 2.47 
Creep function: () = 33.216 ( _{} ^{′} ) ^{−}^{0}^{.}^{7}^{1}^{2}^{8} 
… 2.48 
Sustained elastic modulus defined as the equivalent elastic modulus for calculating an elastic quantity (stress or strain) at time t _{j} , due to a disturbance (stress or strain) applied between the time increment from t _{i} to t _{i}_{+}_{1} was used to calculate varying stresses in the long term. Following formulae was used:
^{} ^{�}^{} ^{,} ^{} ,+1 ^{�} ^{=}
1
2
_{�}_{} , _{+}_{} ,+1 _{�} +0.5(() _{} +() _{}_{+}_{1} ).ln _{(}_{} _{} _{−}_{0}_{.}_{5}_{(}_{} _{} _{+}_{} _{}_{+}_{1} )+1.0)
^{…} ^{2}^{.}^{4}^{9}
A two stage analyses comprising short time phase (during construction) and long term phase (after completion of construction) was carried out for the project. Simplified 1D strip model was made for the ‘construction line’ analysis taking account of the time dependent construction sequence of lifts, placement temperatures, adiabatic rise in temperature, heat exchange between concrete surface and environment only in one direction. For long term phase, 2D finite element model was built in program EFESYS to analyze effects of temperature dissipation following construction and hydration process until steady state is achieved inside the concrete mass.
Based on these expressions, surface and mass gradient cracking of RCC were estimated and it was concluded that some surface cracking is expected at the upstream and downstream faces. To encounter upstream cracking, special crack control measures will be adopted. Results from this thermal analysis were passed to stability analysis to account for some strength loss within near surface lift zones.
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2.4 FURTHER RESEARCH
Researchers and scientists have utilized modern tools and experimentation to further
investigate the influence of physical and chemical properties of RCC on its thermal
behavior. Many expressions and graphs have been developed to represent these time
dependent properties as will be discussed in the proceeding sections:
Eirele (1999) presented a simplified expression for temporal development of static modulus of elasticity in compression of normal weight concrete based on CEBFIP 1993.
() = ,28 �
17.6+0.37 ^{�}
1
^{7}^{3}^{5}
where, E _{c} (t), time dependent modulus [GPa]
E _{c}_{,}_{2}_{8} , modulus at age of 28 days [GPa]
t, concrete age [days]
… 2.50
This expression is only suitable for rough estimation as the model parameters are just
valid for standard concrete and not for low cement roller compacted concretes. To cope
with this matter, Conrad, M. etal (2004) ^{[}^{1}^{0}^{]} investigated the effects of modulus of
elasticity of young RCC via experimentation. They tested an RCC mix of 85 + 0 (85
kg/m ^{3} OPC and 0 kg/m ^{3} Pozzolan) at ages of 3h, 6h,… up to 365 days. The best
experimental fit of the curve based on the results of these tests is shown below:
_{} () = _{}_{,}_{∞} . exp(. ^{} )
… 2.51
Applying _{}_{,}_{∞} = _{}_{,}_{3}_{6}_{5} = 24.4 GPa, a = 5.0, b = 0.63, the best fitting of test results could
be achieved by which elastic modulus at early age as well as higher ages could easily be
represented.
Bazant (1988) presented a mathematical model for simulation of heat evolution,
shrinkage and creep of concrete. “Shrinkage Core Model” as normally called, gives the
formulation of heat source in terms of concrete maturity.
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(, ) = _{∞} _{1}_{+}_{}_{}
… 2.51
The maturity M, is a function of time t and absolute temperature T as:
(, ) = _{∫} � �
where,
H _{∞} = Total value of concrete hydration heat per unit volume [kJ/m3]
α = Heat source parameter [1/day]
Q/R = Activation energy / universal gas constant [°K]
1
1 ^{−}
_{} � �
1
… 2.52
T _{1} = Reference temperature, normally 20°C = 293 °K
t _{d} = Dormant period [day]
Yang and King (2003) presented experimental measurement of thermal expansion of concrete for six samples with different mix designs. The principal conclusions of their research were that thermal expansion is strongly dependent on the type of coarse aggregate. Cycles of heating and cooling have negligible impact on thermal expansion coefficient values. These values are also dependent on shape of specimen and rate of loading in laboratory.
Table 2.1 gives a tabular summary of different properties of RCC adopted in the design of various RCC dam projects worldwide.
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Table 2.1: Properties of RCC material adopted on different dams
Coefficient 
Transfer of Heat 
^{2} °C 
_{1}_{3}_{.}_{9}_{4}_{6}_{7} 
_{1}_{3}_{.}_{9}_{5}_{3}_{3} 
_{1}_{1}_{.}_{6}_{3} 
_{1}_{1}_{.}_{6}_{3} 
_{2}_{5}_{.}_{8} 

Tensile 
Capacity Strain 
°C W/mper 
_{6}_{0} _{x} _{1}_{0} ^{}^{6} 
_{9}_{.}_{5} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{5} 

Coefficient of 
expansion Thermal 
_{1}_{0} _{x} _{1}_{0} ^{}^{6} _{1}_{1}_{.}_{7} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{6} 
_{7}_{.}_{8} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{6} 5.6 x 106 
6.6x106 
_{7}_{.}_{0}_{7}_{x}_{1}_{0}_{}_{6} 
_{8} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{6} 
_{1} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{5} 
_{1}_{.}_{8} _{x} _{1}_{0}_{}_{6} 
2.2 x 106 
2.2 x 106 
2.2 x 106 2.2 x 106 

Diffusivity Thermal 
^{2} /hr 
0.00375 
0.00375 
_{0}_{.}_{0}_{0}_{5} 
0.003 
0.003 
0.003 
0.003 
_{0}_{.}_{0}_{0}_{2}_{2} 

Conductivity Thermal 
m° W/m°C 
_{1}_{.}_{8}_{9}_{0}_{9} 
_{7}_{.}_{1} 
2.418 
2.386 
_{1}_{.}_{7}_{9}_{0}_{5} 
_{2}_{.}_{1}_{0}_{5} 
_{1}_{.}_{7}_{0}_{9}_{6} 
_{0}_{.}_{8}_{8} 
_{3}_{.}_{3} 
1.8 
1.8 
1.8 
1.8 

Specific Heat 
kJ/kg°C 
_{0}_{.}_{8}_{3}_{6}_{8} 
1.019 
0.98 
_{1}_{.}_{1}_{0}_{5} 
_{0}_{.}_{9}_{2}_{0}_{5} 
_{1}_{.}_{0}_{4}_{6} 
_{0}_{.}_{2}_{1} 
_{1}_{.}_{0}_{4}_{7} 
0.921 
0.921 
0.921 
0.921 
_{1}_{.}_{0}_{0}_{4} 

Adiabatic 
Temep Rise 
_{1}_{3} 
15 
16.7 
18 
_{1}_{8} 
20 
20 
12.2 
29.4 
_{9} 

Temperature Placement 
°C 
_{3}_{0} 
_{1}_{6}_{.}_{7} 
12.7 
11.1 
11.7 
11.7 
_{2}_{5}_{.}_{6} 

Modulus of Elasticity 
CMPa GPa 
_{2}_{8} 
_{2}_{3} 
22.4(90day) 
26.6(90day) 
27.7(90day) 
^{T}^{e}^{/}^{(}^{2}^{.}^{1}^{2}^{e}^{} 
_{3}_{+}_{T}_{e}_{*}_{0}_{.}_{1}_{6}_{2}_{e}_{}_{3}_{)} 
_{1}_{5} 
_{2}_{0} 
_{2}_{5} 
16.5 
17 
12 

Strength Ultimate 
_{}_{9} _{(}_{9}_{0} _{d}_{a}_{y}_{s}_{)} _{}_{4}_{2} _{(}_{U}_{l}_{t}_{.}_{)} 
+1.12 
+1.58 
+1.87 
_{}_{1}_{0}_{.}_{2} 
18.3(90 day) 
27.3(90 day) 
11.9(90 day) 
30.8(90 day) 

weight Unit 
^{3} 
_{2}_{4}_{4}_{1} 
_{2}_{5}_{5}_{0} 
2400 
2400 
2400 
_{2}_{3}_{8}_{8} 
_{2}_{4}_{0}_{0} 
_{2}_{4}_{5}_{0} 
_{2}_{3}_{5}_{0} 
2529 
2531 
2520 
2438 

RCCComposition 
Flyash kg/mCement 
_{3}_{0} 
180 
180 
180 
_{3}_{9} 
_{3}_{4} 
_{6}_{6} 
0 
47 
19 
80 

_{6}_{0} 
200 
100 
150 
200 
_{9}_{1} 
_{9}_{0} 
_{6}_{6} 
104 
104 
47 
187 

ProjectNameSr. 
_{C}_{i}_{n}_{d}_{e}_{r}_{e} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{T}_{u}_{r}_{k}_{e}_{y} 
_{C}_{a}_{n}_{a} _{B}_{r}_{a}_{v}_{a} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{B}_{r}_{a}_{z}_{i}_{l} 
_{R}_{i}_{a}_{l}_{b} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{S}_{p}_{a}_{i}_{n} 
MianhuatanDam, China 
_{S}_{a}_{l}_{t}_{o}_{C}_{a}_{x}_{i}_{a}_{s}_{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{B}_{r}_{a}_{z}_{i}_{l} 
_{R}_{o}_{o}_{d}_{b}_{a}_{r} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{I}_{r}_{a}_{n} 
_{M}_{i}_{y}_{a}_{g}_{a}_{s}_{e} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{J}_{a}_{p}_{a}_{n} 
_{H}_{i}_{n}_{a}_{t}_{a} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{J}_{a}_{p}_{a}_{n} 
_{M}_{i}_{l}_{l}_{t}_{o}_{w}_{n} _{H}_{i}_{l}_{l} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{U}_{S}_{A} 
_{W}_{i}_{l}_{l}_{o}_{w} _{C}_{r}_{e}_{e}_{k} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{U}_{S}_{A} 
_{P}_{o}_{r}_{t}_{u}_{g}_{u}_{e}_{s}_{e} _{D}_{a}_{m}_{,} _{P}_{o}_{r}_{t}_{u}_{g}_{a}_{l} 

No. 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
11 
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3.1 INTRODUCTION
In this chapter, methodology for carrying out detailed thermomechanical ‘TM’ analysis of RCC dams will be presented. All pertinent parameters adopted for this analysis will also be described. Algorithms will be finalized for carrying out 2D thermal analyses with particular emphasis on selected software. Structural features of Dasu Dam will be described in brief and relevant thermal analysis aspects of this dam will be discussed.
3.2 ALGORITHM FOR THERMOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF RCC DAM
Fig 3.1 represents a flow chart that describes the steps involved in carrying out detailed thermal analysis of dam. Primarily this study incorporates the following steps for carrying out thermomechanical analysis.
i. Data Collection and assumptions
ii. Finite Element Modeling
iii. Thermal gradient analysis
iv. Thermal stress analysis
v. Crack Analysis
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Illustrative Example; Dasu Dam
For elaboration of detailed thermomechanical analysis, an illustrative example of Dasu Dam will be presented in this section. Dasu dam is part of ‘Vision 2025’ by Water and Power Development Authority Pakistan to meet the everincreasing energy needs of the country. Under this project, several small and large dams have been planned across the country. Dasu dam has been placed in the final phase of this project to be commissioned by the year 2025. Feasibility Studies of Dasu Hydropower Project were completed by Joint venture of world renowned consultants including NESPAK, MWH, Colenco, ACE and Binnie in February 2009.
Dasu dam is essentially a roller compacted concrete gravity dam 233m high and having a maximum base width of 213m. Approximate crest length of the dam is 518m. Being a massive structure, having 4.6 million cubic meters of RCC, it was deemed necessary to evaluate the thermal cracking potential of Dasu dam so as to avoid any perilous effects on overall structural stability.
During the feasibility studies, preliminary level thermal analysis of Dasu dam was carried out by the author. This analysis was focused on postconstruction thermal behaviour to evaluate any sustained thermal stresses that would have been detrimental for overall stability of the dam. Software MSC.MARC was used to calculate thermal stresses. Uniform material properties were assumed in computer modeling and all these properties were assumed to be time and temperature independent. Results of this analysis were later input in the structural analysis of dam to evaluate factors of safety against stress and stability.
Following are some of the main characteristics of Dasu Dam ^{[}^{1}^{8}^{]} :
Dam Crest Level Crest Width Crest Length Maximum Dam base width Lowest Foundation Level Upstream Dam Slope Downstream Dam Slope
957 m 13 m 518 m 213.5 m 724 m 0.15H: 1V, 0.2H: 1V 0.75H: 1V
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Data Collection & Literature Review
Determination of Construction Schedule
Numerical Modeling & Discretization in ANSYS® MultiPhysics
Nonlinear Incremental Structural Analysis (NISA)
Comparison of Results with Dasu HPP Feasibility Studies
Fig 3.1: Flowchart for Thermomechanical Analysis
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A typical section of the proposed RCC gravity dam at spillway section is given in Fig 3.2:
Fig 3.2: Crosssection of Dasu Dam ^{[}^{1}^{8}^{]}
3.3 NUMERICAL MODELING AND MATERIAL PROPERTIES
Based on extensive research and data collected from similar projects having synonymous ambient conditions, material properties of RCC have been assumed for this study so as to simulate the actual onsite conditions that will be encountered during construction. Efforts were diverted to select such material properties that have been based on reliable research and can be applied efficiently to a computer model as well. It is worth mentioning that no material testing has been carried out for confirmation of the selected material properties.
3.3.1 Mix Design of RCC
The advent of RCC Dam construction can be traced to the 1980s. The first RCC dam was constructed in Japan. It was conceived along the lines of a conventional concrete dam but with the concrete compacted by roller. Cementitious contents for Japanese RCC Dams have generally been about 130 kg/m ^{3} , with a 30% fly ash replacement of cement. This dam was closely followed by the Willow Creek and Upper Stillwater dams in the USA. The former featured a drylean, low paste, RCC mix with a cement content of less than
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100 kg/m ^{3} . The Upper Stillwater dam featured high paste mixes and approximately 60% of cement replacement by fly ash. The intention was to form impermeable mixes with high tensile strengths.
The two approaches of low paste RCC coupled with a waterproof facing and medium to high paste RCC mixes which are themselves sufficiently impermeable, have subsequently dominated RCC dam construction. They are also sometimes considered as representing a soils or geotechnical philosophy versus a concrete philosophy. The soils philosophy considers RCC as a cementenriched processed soil, or aggregate, whose mix design is based on moisturedensity relationships. For the concrete philosophy, the RCC mix is considered to be a true concrete whose strength and other properties follow the water cement relationship with strength being inversely proportional to its watercement ratio. The RCC mix should not, however, contain so much paste that a measurable slump is produced or excess paste is brought to the surface with only a few passes of a vibratory roller. Recent trends in RCC mix design have tended towards the concrete philosophy approach.
The fresh and hardened properties of RCC are sensitive to variations in cement and pozzolan properties. A single and consistent source of cement and pozzolan is commonly used. The selection of a pozzolan suitable for RCC should be based on its conformance with ASTM C 618. Some variations beyond the ASTM limits can be allowed provided the pozzolan is consistent in its proportion. Pozzolans meeting the specifications of ASTM C 618 for Class C, Class F, and Class N have been successfully used in RCC mixtures. Class F and Class N pozzolans are usually preferred, since they normally contribute less heat of hydration than Class C and have greater sulphate resistance. The use of pozzolan will depend on required material performance as well as on its cost and availability at the project.
This analysis assumes a cementitious material content of 170kg/m3, comprising 100kg cement and 70kg pozzolanic material which represents 40% replacement of cement. This analogy of 40% cement replacement has already been adopted in GhaziBarotha hydropower project and remarkable results have been achieved.
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3.3.2 RCC Properties Adopted in this Analysis
Following are the mechanical and thermal properties of RCC adopted in this TM analysis:
a) Modulus of Elasticity (E _{c} )
The temporal growth of stiffness and the initial release of the hydration heat in conjunction with the temperature rise of the concrete mass and the present restraint (internal and external) result in moderate compressive temperature stresses. These stresses may be caused by high relaxation of stresses and creep effects in the early age. However, when the hydration process nearly stabilizes and the rate of heat release retards, the temperature of the mass begins to drop. In this phase, the concrete mass has gained a much higher stiffness, so only a small drop of temperature may compensate for the initially built up compressive stresses. Further cooling affects tensile stresses which may exceed the tensile strength and in turn lead to thermal cracking.
For the prediction of thermal cracking in RCC, a better understanding of the temporal development of the Young’s Modulus of Elasticity is required especially in the very early state of curing. In most publications, RCC properties and their temporal evolution are considered to be equal to those of conventional mass concrete. A very well known expression stipulated in literature and experimentally investigated by Conrad, M. etal ^{[}^{1}^{0}^{]} has been used in the current TM analysis.
_{} () = _{}_{,}_{∞} . exp(. ^{} )
where, E _{c} (t)
E _{c}_{,}_{∞}
t = concrete age [days]
α & b are Constants
= time dependent modulus [GPa]
= final modulus of Elasticity at 365 days [GPa]
… 3.1
Based on experimentation, the value of α and b is 5.0 and 0.63. Following is the graphical representation of temporal growth of RCC Modulus.
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Fig 3.3: Variation of RCC modulus with Age
b) Adiabatic Heat of Hydration
Heat generation within the concrete mass is an adiabatic phenomenon occurring as a result of hydration process. Amount of heat generated is directly related to the cement content in the concrete mix. In very large concrete mass, temperature near the center of mass will be approximate sum of placement temperature and adiabatic rise due to hydration. Near the surface, peak temperatures will be lower and will be near ambient temperatures.
The adiabatic temperature rise due to hydration heat is based on the following expression published by ASCE (1986) ^{[}^{2}^{6}^{]} .
T(t) = K (1e ^{}^{α}^{t} ) 
… 3.2 

where 

T 
= temperature (°C) 

t 
= time (Days) 
α and K are constants based on unit cement content and placement temperature
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Values of these constants are obtained from charts developed by Radovanic (1998) from
experiments on several small and medium sized samples. Based on this expression, the
rate of heat generation R(t) is calculated as ^{[}^{2}^{6}^{]} :
R(t) = K C _{p} γ α e ^{}^{α}^{t}
… 3.3
where 

C _{p} 
= Specific heat capacity of RCC (J/g°C) 
γ 
= Density of concrete (g/m ^{3} ) 
t 
= Time (Days) 
c) 
Surface Heat Transfer Coefficient (Film Coefficient) 
The surface heat transfer coefficient “h” (film coefficient) is applied to all exposed
surfaces to represent the convection heat transfer effect between the surrounding air and
the concrete surface. The following approximate equation is used to calculate the surface
heat transfer coefficient ^{[}^{1}^{4}^{]} :
h = h _{c} + h _{w}
… 3.4
where, for a concrete surface, the average value of h _{c} is taken to be 6.0 W/m ^{2} °C, and h _{w}
is approximately related to the wind speed “v” as h _{w} = 3.7v (with v in m/s).
d) 
Compressive Strength 
Values 
of compressive strength f _{c} ’ has a direct influence on the modulus of elasticity of 
concrete so it is imperative that sufficient compressive strength is assigned to RCC.
Tensile strength is also taken as a percentage of compressive strength and hence adds to
the need for sufficient strength. For the current studies, value of f _{c} ’ has been taken equal
to 20 MPa.
e) Tensile Strength
ACI 207.1R96 states that mass concrete has sufficient tensile strength and hence the
assumption of ‘Zero tensile strength’ as in reinforced concrete of smaller sized members
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may be violated to utilize the benefits inherent to mass concrete. For this reason, different codes present different relations in terms of modulus of rupture of concrete for determining tensile strength. For this analysis, tensile strength value equal to 5% of the ultimate compressive strength has been assumed.
f) Tensile Strain Capacity
For thermal analysis, value of tensile strain capacity is of much more concern than the tensile strength because this particular value will decide the specific location and pattern of thermal cracks in mass concrete. This value depends on the ultimate strength and also on the rate of loading. For conservative approach, value of tensile strain capacity ‘TCS’ has been taken equal to 20 microns or 2 × 10 ^{}^{5} .
Apart from above stated properties, following are some other properties that were used to calculate thermal stresses in Dasu RCC dam.
Table 3.1: RCC and Rock Foundation Properties Used in the Analysis
Sr. No 
Properties 
RCC 
Foundation 

Varies 

1 
Modulus of Elasticity, (MPa) 
with Age 
20,000 

2 
Poisson’s Ratio 
0.2 
0.25 

3 
Unit Weight, (kg/m ^{3} ) 
2600 
2900 

4 
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, (per °C) 
7 
×10 ^{}^{6} 
3.5 ×10 ^{}^{6} 
5 
Thermal Conductivity, (W/m.°C) 
2.0 
1.1 

6 
Specific Heat, (kJ/kg°C) 
1.05 
0.8 

7 
Film Coefficient (W/m ^{2} .°C) 
19.36 
19.36 

Varies 

8 
Heat of Hydration Rate (W/m ^{3} ) 
with Age 
 

9 
Tensile Strain Capacity 
2 
× 10 ^{}^{5} 
 
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3.3.3 Climatic Variations
For Dasu dam, mean monthly average temperatures data for the past 30 years has been used. Following are the main climatological parameters observed at Besham Qila located about 85 km downstream of Dasu dam site which have been adopted for this analysis:
Table 3.2: Ambient Temperatures ^{[}^{3}^{,}^{1}^{8}^{]}
Precipitation 
Temperature (°C) 

Month 
Maximu 

(mm) 
m 
Minimum 
Average 

January 
88.8 
21.7 3.3 
12.5 

February 
140.1 
27.8 2.2 
15.0 

March 
164.4 
35 
8.9 
22.0 

April 
110.7 
38.3 
10 
24.2 

May 
65.1 
43.4 
11.7 
27.6 

June 
67.6 
45.6 
17.8 
31.7 

July 
123.1 
44.5 
18.9 
31.7 

August 
125.2 
40 
18.3 
29.2 

September 
71.3 
39.5 
17.2 

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