Fire in Tunnel Collaborative Project

Major tunnel fires can lead to catastrophic events potentially resulting in the loss of lives, property damage, long service disruptions, and major socioeconomic impacts. A number of previous historical events confirm that tunnel fires may not necessarily cause collapse, but significant damage to the tunnel lining and long-term disruption to traffic/rail services can lead to major economic losses. The evaluation procedure under such extreme loading scenarios (rapid rise of temperature in excess of 1000° C) involves many uncertainties, such as the intensity and duration of fire, and the responses of the tunnel structure, liner, and surrounding soil under fire. The majority of existing work focuses on passenger safety, smoke control, and evacuation paths. Meanwhile, there are no code provisions or established procedures for damage quantification and risk assessment of tunnel fires in the United States.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $530303
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Arora and Associates, P.C.

    Lawrenceville, NJ  United States 

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

    Capers, Harry

    Ruzzi, Louis

  • Performing Organizations:

    University at Buffalo - SUNY

    221 Ketter Hall
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14260

    Princeton University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Princeton, NJ  United States  08450

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University Heights
    Newark, NJ  United States  07102-1982
  • Principal Investigators:

    Elhami-Khorasani, Negar

    Tessari, Anthony

    Garlock, Maria

    Gonçalves da Silva, Bruno

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01702277
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG16
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2018 1:49PM