Strength of Materials

Q1: A masonry dam may fail due to

A overturning of the dam

B crushing of masonry at the base of the dam

C any one of the above

D tension in the masonry of the dam and its base

ANS:D - any one of the above

Masonry and concrete are weak in tension. Thus masonry and concrete gravity dams are usually designed in such a way that no tension is developed anywhere. If these dams are subjected to tensile stresses, materials may develop tension cracks.

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