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Elasto-plastic ground settlement response and stability of single and twin circular unsupported and supported tunnels

Kumar, J and Jain, H (2021) Elasto-plastic ground settlement response and stability of single and twin circular unsupported and supported tunnels. In: Transportation Geotechnics, 30 .

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An attempt has been made to examine numerically, based on an elasto-plastic finite elements (FE) analysis, soil unit weight-ground displacement response due to laying of single and twin circular tunnels which are supported by an internal isotropic pressure (�i); the case �i= 0 implies an unsupported tunnel. The soil mass has been assumed to be linearly elastic and perfectly plastic obeying the Mohr-Coulomb (MC) yield criterion and an associated flow rule. The stability numbers, corresponding to ultimate collapse, based on lower and upper bound finite elements limit analysis (FELA) have also been separately evaluated. The effects of cover (H) to diameter (D) ratio, spacing (S) to diameter ratio of the tunnels and soil internal friction (�) angle on the results have been examined in detail. The study clearly reveals that the value of the non-dimensional loading parameter, Formula presented, corresponding to given surface vertical settlement (sv) and that at ultimate collapse, with an assumption that the elastic and plastic material parameters do not vary with depth, increases continuously with an increase in the values of S/D as well as �, but decreases with an increase in the magnitude of H/D. The obtained computational results were found to compare well with the data reported in literature. It is expected that the study will be useful for stability evaluation and estimating vertical ground settlements for single and twin tunnels. © 2021

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Transportation Geotechnics
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier Ltd
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 07:59
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 07:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/69787

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