Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

In this paper different approaches aimed at investigating the dynamic behaviour of circular tunnels in the transverse direction are presented. The analysed cases refer to a shallow tunnel built in an ideal soft clayey deposit. The adopted approaches include one-dimensional (1D) numerical analyses performed modelling the soil as a single phase visco-elastic non-linear medium, the results of which are then used to evaluate the input data for selected analytical solutions proposed in the literature (uncoupled approach), and 2D fully coupled Finite Element simulations adopting visco-elastic and visco-elasto-plastic constitutive assumptions for the soil and the lining (coupled approach). The results are proposed in terms of increments of seismic-induced loads in the transverse direction of the tunnel lining. The different constitutive hypotheses adopted in the coupled numerical approach prove to play a significant role on the results. In particular, the plasticity-based analyses indicate that a seismic event can produce a substantial modification of the loads acting in the lining, leading to permanent increments of both hoop force and bending moment.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Analysis of Tunnel Behaviour Under Seismic Loads by Means of Simple and Advanced Numerical Approaches

San Diego, California

In this paper different approaches aimed at investigating the dynamic behaviour of circular tunnels in the transverse direction are presented. The analysed cases refer to a shallow tunnel built in an ideal soft clayey deposit. The adopted approaches include one-dimensional (1D) numerical analyses performed modelling the soil as a single phase visco-elastic non-linear medium, the results of which are then used to evaluate the input data for selected analytical solutions proposed in the literature (uncoupled approach), and 2D fully coupled Finite Element simulations adopting visco-elastic and visco-elasto-plastic constitutive assumptions for the soil and the lining (coupled approach). The results are proposed in terms of increments of seismic-induced loads in the transverse direction of the tunnel lining. The different constitutive hypotheses adopted in the coupled numerical approach prove to play a significant role on the results. In particular, the plasticity-based analyses indicate that a seismic event can produce a substantial modification of the loads acting in the lining, leading to permanent increments of both hoop force and bending moment.