Evaluation of structural analysis methods used for the design of tbm segmental linings

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2010
Çimentepe, Ahmet Güray
Contrary to the linings of conventionally driven tunnels, the linings of tunnels bored by tunnel boring machines (TBMs) consist of precast concrete segments which are articulated or coupled at the longitudinal and circumferential joints. There are several analytical and numerical structural analysis methods proposed for the design of TBM segmental linings. In this thesis study, different calculation methods including elastic equation method and two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) beam – spring methods are compared and discussed. This study shows that in addition to the characteristics of concrete segments, the mechanical and geometrical properties of longitudinal and circumferential joints have significant effects on the structural behavior of segmental lining.

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A. G. Çimentepe, “Evaluation of structural analysis methods used for the design of tbm segmental linings,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.