This paper discusses the role of the transportation tunnel. The state-of-the-art is discussed for tunneling technology, and general areas needing research and development are identified. The problems to be solved are difficult ones; they will require a high degree of technical competence and innovation on the part of those who solve them. With a projected demand greater than $14 billion for the decades of the 70's and 80's, achievable technological improvements leading to 30 percent cost savings and 100-200 percent increases in construction rates will produce savings of over $2 billion for the Nation. Additional fringe benefits related to an improved environment and better energy utilization cause the transportation tunnel to be called an important tool for achieving national goals.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Nov. 11-15, 1973, sponsored by the Applied Mechanics Division and the Automatic Controls Division. Papers presented at this meeting are compiled in "Surveys of Research in Transportation Technology", AMD-Vol. 5.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Foster, E L
  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Accession Number: 00057165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1981 12:00AM