Range of the safe retaining pressures of a pressurized tunnel face by a probabilistic approach

Abstract : A probabilistic analysis of the face stability of a pressurized tunnel is undertaken in this article. First, two existing velocity fields based on the limit analysis theory are briefly described. They allow one to compute the values of the critical pressures of collapse and blowout of a pressurized tunnel face in cases of both frictional and nonfrictional soils. These models, which have the great advantage of a low computational cost, are validated by comparison with a computationally expensive numerical model. Then, an efficient probabilistic method called collocation-based stochastic response surface methodology (CSRSM) is applied on these velocity fields to perform the uncertainty propagation. This method makes it possible to compute the probability of failure of the tunnel face against both collapse and blowout. In the case of a frictional soil, it appears that the blowout of the face is extremely unlikely and that the collapse is the only probable failure mode. On the contrary, in a purely cohesive soil, it appears that both failure modes are likely to appear and should be considered in the analysis. Finally, this paper presents a discussion concerning the application of the proposed probabilistic method for an economic and safe design of a pressurized shield.
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Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013, 139 (11), pp.1954-1967. <10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000911>
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Guilhem Mollon, Daniel Dias, Abdul-Hamid Soubra. Range of the safe retaining pressures of a pressurized tunnel face by a probabilistic approach. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013, 139 (11), pp.1954-1967. <10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000911>. <hal-01007229>

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