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Response of clay soil to three-dimensional tunnelling simulation in centrifuge models

Le, B. T. & Taylor, R. N. ORCID: 0000-0002-8103-0433 (2018). Response of clay soil to three-dimensional tunnelling simulation in centrifuge models. Soils and Foundations, 58(4), pp. 808-818. doi: 10.1016/j.sandf.2018.03.008


Tunnelling-induced ground movements are complicated and investigations into them normally require some simplifications. This paper provides a brief literature review which highlights the advantages of adopting simplifications in physical modelling and addresses some of the deficiencies in the assessment of soil deformation due to a simulated tunnel excavation. A set of centrifuge tests modelling a tunnel heading located at different depths in clay was carried out at 125g. The tunnel was modelled by a semi-circular cavity partly supported by a stiff lining. The unlined tunnel heading was supported by a thin rubber bag supplied with compressed air pressure. Tunnel excavation was simulated by reducing air pressure. The induced ground movements at the subsurface and surface were measured by a 2D image analysis and a new, novel 3D imaging system. The results show that the experiment successfully reproduced key aspects of tunnelling-induced soil deformation in practice. In addition, a new equation to predict horizontal displacements in the longitudinal direction is proposed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Centrifuge modelling, Tunnels & tunnelling
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Civil Engineering
Text - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

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