Title: Finite element simulation analysis of reinforced concrete bifurcated pipe and surrounding rock

Authors: Ma Wen-liang; Wei Ke-lun

Addresses: North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou 450046, China ' Henan University of Urban Construction, Pingdingshan, 467036, China

Abstract: Based on finite element method, the calculation model of Luojiao river hydropower station's reinforced concrete bifurcated pipe structure is established, and the finite element simulation analysis of reinforced concrete bifurcated pipe and surrounding rock is carried out. The calculation model takes into account the influence of geological conditions on the structure stress of bifurcated pipe, according to the stress characteristics of bifurcated pipe in construction and operation, 10 cases are considered. To study reliability and accuracy of calculation model, results of the finite element are compared with the classical analytical solutions, which prove the validity of the finite element model. The results show that the maximum tensile stress of bifurcated pipe is 4.648 MPa in the normal operation, and the stress value is reasonable as the design basis of reinforced concrete bifurcated pipe structure; the maximum circumferential tensile stress of bifurcated pipe's surrounding rock is from 0.2 MPa to 0.8 MPa, the tensile stress value is low, cover thickness of surrounding rock is enough, Luojiao river bifurcated pipe uses reinforced concrete structure is safe and reliable.

Keywords: hydropower station; bifurcated pipe; surrounding rock; finite element method; stress distribution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESMS.2018.094076

International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, 2018 Vol.10 No.3, pp.133 - 141

Received: 20 Jan 2018
Accepted: 06 Mar 2018

Published online: 07 Aug 2018 *

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