The Challenge of Housing the Largest Detector

by Prabir Das, (M.ASCE),
C. J. Roth, (M.ASCE),
Nachum Secker,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


The most innovative part of the structural-civil design of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) is that of the underground experimental halls located alongside the 86 kilometer collider tunnel. These halls will house large detectors that will monitor the results of the particle collisions. This paper briefly addresses the different structural schemes considered and explains the reasons behind the selection of the final structural configuration. The paper then discusses in some detail the design problems and the solutions adopted to overcome them. Problems of rock structure interaction coupled with the broad differences in the mechanical properties of the rock and the structures were among the major factors to influence the final selection of the hall structural system.

Subject Headings: Underground structures | Housing | Probe instruments | Rock properties | Structural design | Tunnels | Rock mechanics | Soil-structure interaction

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