Deterministic approach to the seismic hazard of dam sites in Kizilirmak basin, Turkey


NATURAL HAZARDS, vol.59, no.2, pp.787-800, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11069-011-9795-7
  • Journal Name: NATURAL HAZARDS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.787-800
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Dams constructed on the seismically active regions have a high-risk potential for downstream life and property. Strong ground motion can result in instability of the dam and strength loss of foundation. Active faults within the foundation of dam have the potential to cause damaging displacement of the structures. Appropriate design measures should be considered to obtain rational solution to the problem of catastrophic release of water from the reservoir, and especially to resist earthquake loads. Safety concerns for dams under the earthquake loads involve the seismic hazard evaluation of dam site for the overall stability of structure. Various types of analyses can be used, ranging from a simplified analysis to more complex procedures based on ground motion parameters and response spectra. This paper briefly evaluates seismic hazard analyses for dam structures, and introduces the analyses for thirty-six dams with height ranging from 15 to 195 m in KA +/- zA +/- lA +/- rmak basin, Turkey. The seismic hazard analyses have indicated that peak ground acceleration varies within a wide range (0.09-0.45 g) for the dam sites of the basin.