Numerical analyses of tunnel-induced settlement damage to a masonry wall

Giorgia Giardina, Max A N Hendriks, Jan G Rots

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Settlements due to underground construction represent a risk for the architectural heritage, especially in The Netherlands, because of the combination of soft soil, fragile pile foundation and brittle, un-reinforced masonry façade. Modelling of soil-structure interaction is fundamental to assess the risk of building damage due to tunnelling. This paper presents results of finite element analyses carried out with different models for a simple masonry wall. Focus is paid on the comparison between coupled, uncoupled and semi-coupled analyses, in which the soil-structure interaction is represented in different ways. In particular, the implementation of a soil-structure interface model in the numerical analyses is analyzed, in order to asses its validity.
The aim of the research project is the development of a damage classification system for different building typologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering
EditorsR Eligehausen, C Gehlen
Place of PublicationStuttgart, Germany
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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