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Design Standard

1. Introduction

In Slide3, design standards such as Eurocode 7 can be used to add partial factors to the different components of the analysis. Note that these partial factors are applied prior to the analysis to give design values that are used in the calculation.

  1. Open the tutorial file in File > Recent > Tutorials > Design Standards and open the file Design Standard - starting file.

The starting file model is an unreinforced simple earth dam on an impermeable base.

Unreinforced Simple Earth Dam Model Start View

2. Model

The model is based on Example 5.12 in Smith (2006). It is a simple earth dam on an impermeable base for which the downstream side is to be analyzed. First, the problem will be analyzed in the traditional way and a factor of safety will be obtained. Then the Eurocode design analysis will be performed.

The dam is assumed to sit upon a high-strength material that is not included in the model.

    We will first check that the water table is assigned to the materials in the model.

    1. Select Groundwater > Assign Water to Materials Water on Materials Cube Icon
    2. Make sure to select the Water Table from the drop-down menu and select Apply To All Materials.
      Hydraulic Assignments dialog with Apply To All Materials Highlighted
    3. Select OK.
    4. Select Surfaces > Slip Surface Options Slip Surfaces Icon
      Slip Surface Options dialog
    5. Check that the following inputs are correct:
      • Surface Generation Method = Search Method
      • Surface Type = Ellipsoid
      • Search Method = Cuckoo Search
      • Surface Altering Optimization = ON
    6. Navigate to the Slip surfaces tab Slip Surface tab.

    You will see the model has a slope limit shown below. This limits the analysis to consider just the downstream slope:

    Image of model

    3. Compute

    1. Save the file.
    2. Select Analysis > Compute Calculator Icon
    3. Open the compute dialog closes you can go to Results tab Results tab icon to see the results as shown below.

    Results Model View

    4. Eurocode 7 – Design Approach 1, Combination 1

    For this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to apply the Eurocode7 factors for Design Approach 1 only. As a disclaimer, this is by no means a comprehensive guide for determining which design standards to use for a specific problem.

    Design Approach 1 specifies two different combinations of partial factors. The first factors the action forces, and the second factors the resisting forces through the material properties. We will test both combinations in this tutorial. Now we will apply Eurocode 7 - Design Approach 1 – Combination 1 to the model first.

    1. Select Analysis > Project Settings Project Settings Icon
    2. Navigate to the Design Standard Icon Design Standard tab and under the Design Standard dropdown, select Eurocode 7 – Design Approach 1, Combination 1. Click the View Partial Factors button to check which factors are being applied.
    3. Eurocode 7 Design Approach 1, Combination 1 partial factors

      Here you can see that the factor for the Permanent actions (unfavourable) is 1.35. This essentially means that the driving force in the analysis will be multiplied by 1.35. The factors for the material properties are 1 so they will be unchanged in the analysis.

    4. Click OK twice to save and close the dialogs.

    4.1 Compute

    1. Save the file as Combination 1 and Compute Calculator Icon
    2. To see the results, go to Results tab Results tab icon and you will see the result as shown below.

    Results Model View

    The Design Approach 1, Combination 1 has an over-design factor of 1.235. Now let’s compare this with the results for Combination 2.

    5. Eurocode 7 – Design Approach 1, Combination 2

    1. Select Analysis > Project Settings Project Settings Icon
    2. Navigate to the Design Standard Icon Design Standard tab and under the Design Standard dropdown, select Eurocode 7 – Design Approach 1, Combination 2. You can check the factors applied by selecting ‘View Partial Factors’ button.
      Eurocode 7 Design Approach 1, Combination 2 partial factors
    3. Click OK twice to save and close the dialogs.

    5.1 Compute

    1. Save the file as Combination 2 and Compute Calculator Icon
    2. To see the results, go to Results tab Results tab icon to see the results as shown below.

    Results Model View

    You can see the over-design factor with Design Approach 1, Combination 2 is less than 1.

    For more details on this example, there is the Slide2 Slope Design Tutorial with Eurocode 7 which shows the 2D model of the slope with more details on model. You will notice the Factor of Safety is slightly different from 2D to 3D model due to extrusion, but the applied partial factors from Design Standard to the model is similar for both of the programs.

    6. References

    Bond, A. J. and Harris, A. J., 2008. Decoding Eurocode 7, Taylor & Francis.

    British Standards Institution, 2004. Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design – Part 1: General rules, BS EN 1997-1, London, UK.

    Smith, 2006. Smith’s Elements of Soil Mechanics, 8th Edition, Blackwell Publishing.

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