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Analysis of the Tunnel-Support Interaction Through a Probabilistic Approach

Pierpaolo Oreste1
  • 1 Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructural Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24, I-10129 Torino, Italy


The analysis of the behavior of a tunnel requires the evaluation of numerous parameters, relative to the ground and the support structure and which are generally only known with a certain degree of approximation. The uncertainty of these parameters is reflected on the results of the calculation, that is, on the state of stress in the support structure. In order to be able to manage this uncertainty on the representative ground and support structure parameters in a rational way, it is useful to resort to a probabilistic type analysis, making use of the Monte-Carlo method and to simple analytical methods for an analysis of the tunnel-support structure interaction. A calculation procedure of probabilistic type that is able to establish representative values of the maximum moment and of the associated normal force in the support structure is presented in this study. This procedure can be used to verify the suitability of the support structure to sustain the induced loads.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 12 No. 2, 2015, 121-129


Submitted On: 4 December 2014 Published On: 3 April 2015

How to Cite: Oreste, P. (2015). Analysis of the Tunnel-Support Interaction Through a Probabilistic Approach. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 12(2), 121-129.

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  • Tunnel Support
  • Convergence-Confinement Method
  • Deep Circular Tunnel
  • Loads on the Support
  • Uncertainty of the Parameters
  • Probability Distribution of the Parameters
  • Cumulative Frequency
  • Monte-Carlo Method