SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences, Volume 61 , Issue 6 : 906-915(2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11431-016-9088-9

Observed displacement data-based identification method of deformation time-varying effect of high concrete dams

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  • ReceivedNov 7, 2016
  • AcceptedJun 21, 2017
  • PublishedSep 11, 2017


The long-term safety of high concrete dams has become the focus and central issues of public attention. Deformation is an actual comprehensive reflection of concrete dams. Especially the deformation time-varying effect, is a key index for evaluating the structural behavior, health status, and their evolution of a concrete dam in long-term service. In this paper, causing factors of the deformation time-varying effect of concrete dams were analyzed, and the time-varying effect was divided into two parts, which are the inherent time-varying effect and the time-varying effect caused by the change of dam structural performance. Then, based on the observed dam displacement and the wavelet multi-resolution analysis, causal models for identifying the later deformation time-varying effect and the identification process were proposed. Finally, the efficiency and rationality of the proposed method were verified by two actual concrete dams with runoff reservoir and regulatory reservoir.

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National Natural Science Foundation of China(51139001 ,&, 51479054)

Open Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering(2016491111)


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51709021 & 51479054), and the Open Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering (Grant No. 2016491111).


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