Masonry dams are a critical component in civil engineering infrastructure across the world acting as the stalwart of water reservoirs for drinking and hydroelectric power generation. Given this, there is a need to understand the stresses and strains that such dams face especially when structural damage occurs during and after an earth tremor earthquake. Researchers in Germany have devised a method that can reveal localised damage and identify the degree to which a masonry dam has been compromised under a given scenario. Given that lives may depend on the integrity of such a dam, it is critical to understand the changes they may undergo and the means by which they might be repaired.
Nguyen-Tuan, L., Koenke, C., Bettzieche, V. and Lahmer, T. (2018) ‘Uncertainty assessment in the results of inverse problems: applied to damage detection in masonry dams‘, Int. J. Reliability and Safety, Vol. 12, Nos. 1/2, pp.2-23.