Blast response and failure analysis of a segmented buried tunnel

Koneshwaran, Sivalingam, Thambiratnam, David, & Gallage, Chaminda (2015) Blast response and failure analysis of a segmented buried tunnel. Structural Engineering International, 25(4), pp. 419-431.


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Underground tunnels are vulnerable to terrorist attacks which can cause collapse of the tunnel structures or at least extensive damage, requiring lengthy repairs. This paper treats the blast impact on a reinforced concrete segmental tunnel buried in soil under a number of parametric conditions; soil properties, soil cover, distance of explosive from the tunnel centreline and explosive weight and analyses the possible failure patterns. A fully coupled Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) technique incorporating the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) method is used in this study. Results indicate that the tunnel in saturated soil is more vulnerable to severe damage than that buried in either partially saturated soil or dry soil. The tunnel is also more vulnerable to surface explosions which occur directly above the centre of the tunnel than those that occur at any equivalent distances in the ground away from the tunnel centre. The research findings provide useful information on modeling, analysis, overall tunnel response and failure patterns of segmented tunnels subjected to blast loads. This information will guide future development and application of research in this field.

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ID Code: 90830
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: explosion, finite element method, fluid structure interaction, Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian method, tunnel, segment, reinforced concrete, saturated soil, damage, crack
DOI: 10.2749/101686615X14355644771054
ISSN: 1683-0350
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 IABSE
Copyright Statement: First published by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Zurich, Switzerland,; in Structural Engineering International 2015, Vol. 25, issue 4, pg. 419-431.
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2015 05:04
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 09:19

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