Study on seismic behavior and seismic design methods in transverse direction of shield tunnels

Chuan He, Atsushi Koizumi

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    In order to investigate the seismic behavior and seismic design methods in the transverse direction of a shield tunnel, a series of model shaking table tests and a two-dimensional finite element dynamic analysis on the tests are carded out. Two kinds of static analytical methods based on ground-tunnel composite finite element model and beam-spring element model, are proposed, and the validity of the static analyses is verified by model shaking table tests. The investigation concerns the dynamic response behavior of a tunnel and the ground, the interaction between the tunnel and ground, and an evaluation of different seismic design methods. Results of the investigation indicate that the shield tunnel follows the surrounding ground in displacement and dynamic characteristics in the transverse direction; also, the static analytical methods proposed by the authors can be used directly as the seismic design methods in the transverse direction of a shield tunnel.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)651-662
    Number of pages12
    JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun



    • Seismic behavior
    • Seismic deformation method
    • Seismic structural design
    • Shaking table testing
    • Shield tunnels

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

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