Response of segmented bored transit tunnels to surface blast

Koneshwaran, Sivalingam, Thambiratnam, David P., & Gallage, Chaminda (2015) Response of segmented bored transit tunnels to surface blast. Advances in Engineering Software, 89, pp. 77-89.

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Increasing threat of terrorism highlights the importance of enhancing the resilience of underground tunnels to all hazards. This paper develops, applies and compares the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) and Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) techniques to treat the response of buried tunnels to surface explosions. The results and outcomes of the two techniques were compared, along with results from existing test data. The comparison shows that the ALE technique is a better method for describing the tunnel response for above ground explosion with regards to modeling accuracy and computational efficiency. The ALE technique was then applied to treat the blast response of different types of segmented bored tunnels buried in dry sand. Results indicate that the most used modern ring type segmented tunnels were more flexible for in-plane response, however, they suffered permanent drifts between the rings. Hexagonal segmented tunnels responded with negligible drifts in the longitudinal direction, but the magnitudes of in-plane drifts were large and hence hazardous for the tunnel. Interlocking segmented tunnels suffered from permanent drifts in both the longitudinal and transverse directions. Multi-surface radial joints in both the hexagonal and interlocking segments affected the flexibility of the tunnel in the transverse direction. The findings offer significant new information in the behavior of segmented bored tunnels to guide their future implementation in civil engineering applications.

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ID Code: 83542
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Segmented bored tunnel, Explosion, Finite element method, Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian method, Smooth particle hydrodynamics, Dry soil
DOI: 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2015.02.007
ISSN: 0965-9978
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Science Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Civil-Comp Ltd. and Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2015 23:51
Last Modified: 17 May 2016 05:05

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