Resilience of metro tunnel structures: monitoring deformation due to surrounding engineering activities and effect of remediation treatment

Yong Lu, Tianran Han

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Long term performance of urban metro tunnels requires that the tunnel structure maintains not only a sound structural state, i.e., free from significant damages, but also a minimal change in the physical shape. Over-deformation can cause structural damage but more importantly can affect the safe operation of the metro lines, therefore is a primary target of monitoring and intervention where it becomes necessary. This paper presents an overview of recent developments in field monitoring and assessment of metro tunnels in soft soil concerning over-deformation. In particular, the over-deformation of shield tunnel rings due to nearby construction activities, especially deep excavation, and its rectification using grout treatment is discussed on the basis of relevant field experiment and numerical modelling reported in recent publications. Key considerations in the development of a Material Point Method (MPM) based numerical modelling framework for simulating explicitly the grouting operations are highlighted, and the general performance of the numerical model is examined with reference to the field test data and characteristic parametric observations. Further research needs in terms of more rigorous assessment and design of grouting treatment, in conjunction with the continued development of numerical modelling capabilities, are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Lifeline
Volume1
Issue number2
Early online date13 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Dec 2023

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