Mathematical Modelling of Reservoirs

Computer model of an arch dam and reservoir

Civil engineers need to do calculations to check that dams will not be damaged by earthquakes. They can do fairly simple calculations by hand, but these only give an approximate idea of how a dam may behave during an earthquake.

A more accurate idea can be gained from computer simulations that use mathematical models to describe the dam, the rock it sits on, the reservoir behind it and the movement of the ground during an earthquake.

Researchers at the EERC developed a mathematical model to describe the behaviour of the reservoir and the way that it moves with the dam. Data was collected from vibration tests on a real dam and reservoir to check that the model worked.


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from Bristol University