Overturning response analysis of free-standing intake tower subjected to seismic pulses

Document Type : Research Article


Tarbiat Modares University


In this paper, dynamic response of free-standing intake tower is investigated by using the Abaqus software. Briones intake tower is selected and it is modeled in two free-standing and anchored conditions that in the former state, three different frictional conditions are considered between the tower and its foundation. The friction coefficients include: 1)μ=0.58; 2)μ=1.73; 3)μ=∞. The intake towers are modeled 3D in three dry, submerged and semi-submerged states and water-structure interaction is considered by Eulerian-Lagrangian approach. In order to validate the models, the numerical responses of rigid and flexible blocks under seismic load are compared with the obtained results by other researchers. The tower overturning responses include: tower’s top relative displacement, sliding, tower’s base opening, which are extracted and analyzed under seismic pulses of sinus type, with three time periods of 0.5, 1 and 1.5 seconds, and intensities of 0.2g to 1.0g. It is shown that the presence of water around the intake tower has a significant effect on overturning responses. Also, the tensile stress in the free-standing state decreased by more than 70% compared to the anchored one.


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