CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY INST OF ENGINEERING RESEARCH
In this report is described an investigation of the stress distribution within the cross-section of a gravity dam. The analysis was performed by an automatic digital computer, using the finite element method. The principal purpose of the study was to determine the effect on the stress distribution, of a vertical crack extending from the center of the base through most of the height of the section. The dam was subjected to dead load, live load, and thermal stress conditions a total of 17 different loading and crack configurations were considered, including cases in which the foundation material was assumed to be orthotropically elastic.