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,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


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 construction | Diaphragms (structural) | Diaphragm walls | Construction management | Underground structures | Retaining structures | Infrastructure construction | Parking facilities

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