Numerical modelling and mechanical behaviour analysis of ancient tunnel masonry structures

Abstract : As with all older construction, ancient tunnels feature particular characteristics, especially as regards past construction methods, geometrical design considerations and the set of construction materials used. Old tunnels usually display a unique vaulted section shape built with masonry. The present paper proposes two numerical models of an old tunnel supported by masonry; these models were developed by the well-known Universal Distinct Element Code (UDEC). A masonry mechanical behaviour analysis and numerical simulation of the masonry ageing phenomenon will also be addressed by means of an experimental design to study the influence of masonry block physical properties on the mechanical behaviour of masonry structures in old tunnels.
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Jamal Idris, Thierry Verdel, Marwan Al Heib. Numerical modelling and mechanical behaviour analysis of ancient tunnel masonry structures. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier, 2008, 23 (3), pp.251-263. ⟨10.1016/j.tust.2007.04.006⟩. ⟨ineris-00963100⟩

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