Dynamic Response of Tunnels in Jointed Rocks

by François E. Heuze, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,
Ronald J. Shaffer, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,
Otis R. Walton, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,
Denise M. Maddix, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Analysis and Design Considerations for High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories

Abstract:

We describe the application of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to the dynamic analysis of the response of tunnels in jointed rocks to earthquake loading. In situations where large motions of many blocks and collapse occur, the discontinuum-based DEM approach appears superior to other methods of analysis.



Subject Headings: Dynamic analysis | Rock mechanics | Tunnels | Ground motion | Geology | Seismic loads | Dynamic response | Earthquakes

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