Investigation of Diaphragm Walls to Improve Performance, Design, and Construction

by Istvan Steven Varga, Weidlinger Associates, Inc, Cambridge, United States,
Bryan P. Sweeney, Weidlinger Associates, Inc, Cambridge, United States,

Abstract: As a result of the need for tunnels, underground highways and parking structures, cofferdams, facilities related to the improvement of the environment, etc., there has been a significant increase in the volume of underground construction. These structures frequently use diaphragm walls (slurry walls), and this has generated a sudden interest in the improvement of their design, construction, and performance. We propose to conduct a research program that responds to this interest.

Subject Headings: Underground structures | Diaphragm walls | Slurry walls | Underground construction | Highway and road structures | Retaining structures | Diaphragms (structural) | Structural design

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