Assessing and Improving the Resilience of Highway and Rail Tunnels to Blast and Fire

Researchers at Lehigh University are proposing the development of a new framework for evaluating the vulnerability of tunnel infrastructure to blast and fire hazards. The resulting assessments will be used to prioritize and tailor mitigation strategies, systems, and placement to maximize risk reduction with available resources. The project team has previously developed several fast running analysis techniques for analyzing the effects of blast and fire on large structural systems – these methodologies will be leveraged to evaluate the effects of blast and fire on large tunnels or inventories of tunnels via large batches of simulations using randomly selected inputs. Blast and fire will be evaluated both as separate hazards as well as cascading hazards (e.g. a fire following an intentional explosive detonation, or the deflagration of a fuel tanker due to an initial small fire) where appropriate. This effort is computationally focused, and funds dedicated to this project will be used primarily for student support.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $211625
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747118

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure

    Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO  United States  80401

    Lehigh University

    ATLSS Engineering Research Center
    IMBT Laboratory
    Bethlehem, PA  United States  18015-4729

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Lehigh University

    ATLSS Engineering Research Center
    IMBT Laboratory
    Bethlehem, PA  United States  18015-4729

    Colorado School of Mines

    1500 Illinois St
    Golden, CO  United States  80401
  • Performing Organizations:

    Lehigh University

    ATLSS Engineering Research Center
    IMBT Laboratory
    Bethlehem, PA  United States  18015-4729
  • Principal Investigators:

    Quiel, Spencer

    Naito, Clay

  • Start Date: 20161201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01660184
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747118
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 3 2018 10:11PM