A Winkler-Based Method for the Assessment of Tunnelling-Induced Deformations on Piled Structures

In urban areas it is often required to assess the deformation distributions induced by tunnel construction on piled buildings. In this paper, a simple analysis method is presented for estimating these deformations. The proposed method is based on a two-stage procedure: (1) estimation of the greenfield ground movements caused by the tunnel excavation, and (2) analysis of the foundation/building on elastic springs subjected to a system of forces induced by the greenfield ground movements. Simple closed-form expressions are used for the evaluation of spring stiffnesses and tunnelling-induced forces. The proposed method is validated by comparing its predictions with those from 3D finite element analyses. It is shown that the simplified analysis method provides a good assessment of building deformations for several cases of tunnelling beneath piles and relative soil-structure stiffnesses. The proposed method represents a useful tool for preliminary parametric analyses due to the reduced computational cost and simple yet versatile implementation compared to 3D numerical analyses.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 259-266
  • Monograph Title: Geo-China 2016: Emerging Technologies in Tunnel Engineering, Modeling, Design, Construction, Repair, and Rehabilitation

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  • Accession Number: 01608907
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784480038
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2016 3:05PM