Coupled analysis of building damage due to tunnelling

Giorgia Giardina, Max A N Hendriks, Jan G. Rots

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Excavation works in urban areas require a preliminary risk damage assessment. In historical cities, the prediction of building response to settlements is necessary to reduce the risk of damage of the architectural heritage. The current method used to predict the building damage due to ground deformations is the Limiting Tensile Strain Method (LTSM) [3]. This method is based on an uncoupled soil-structure analysis, in which the building is modelled as an elastic beam subject to imposed greenfield settlements and the induced tensile strains are compared with a limit value for the material. This approach neglects many factors which play an important rule in the response of the structure to tunneling induced settlements. In this paper, the possibility to apply a settlement risk assessment derived from the seismic vulnerability approach [1] is considered. The parameters that influence the structural response to settlements can be defined through numerical coupled analyses w
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop on Computational Modeling on Concrete, Masonry and Fiber-reinforced Composites
EditorsM A Hendriks, S Billington
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-94-90284-03-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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