Post-fire Damage Assessment of Concrete Tunnel Liners

The primary goal of this project is to research post-fire damage assessment of reinforced concrete tunnel liners and provide recommendations on damage assessment procedures for application in practice. The recommendations will cover the type of data to be collected after a fire event and how the data should be processed to assess tunnel safety. The intended outcome of the project is a set of recommendations on post-fire tunnel damage assessment using a holistic approach, including (a) post-fire residual mechanical properties of concrete based on the maximum temperature reached during the fire, (b) post-fire damage assessment using common non-destructive testing methodologies, (c) simulated residual deflections of a tunnel section as a function of soil type, and (d) input from experts consisting of stakeholders and researchers. The research team will incorporate input from stakeholders and practicing engineers to align the project outputs with real-world applications and maximize the impact. The project outcomes are not only relevant to post-fire damage assessment but can also be used as performance objectives when designing or evaluating tunnel structures using performance-based design methodologies for resilience against fire.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $135568
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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:

    Arora and Associates, P.C.

    Lawrenceville, NJ  United States 

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Capers, Harry

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Buffalo

  • Principal Investigators:

    Tessari, Anthony

    Elhami-Khorasani, Negar

  • Start Date: 20210201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01776220
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: CAIT-UTC-REG49, 69A3551847102
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2021 5:11PM