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Title: Segmental Lining Design using Macro Synthetic Fibre Reinforcement

Author(s): Winterberg, R.; Rodrìguez, L.M.; Cámara, R.J.; Abad, D.S

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 343


Appears on pages(s): 133-142

Keywords: Macro synthetic fibre, fibre reinforced concrete, segmental lining, TBM, segment design

Date: 10/1/2020

Fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) is becoming widely utilized in segmental linings due to the improved mechanical performance, robustness and durability of the segments. Further, significant cost savings can be achieved in segment production and by reduced repair rates during temporary loading conditions. The replacement of traditional rebar cages with fibres further allows changing a crack control governed design to a purely structural design with more freedom in detailing. Macro synthetic fibres (MSF) are non-corrosive and thus ideal for segmental linings in critical environments. Although fibre reinforcement for segments is relatively new, recent publications such as the ITAtech “Guidance for precast FRC segments – Volume 1: Design aspects” or the British PAS 8810 “Tunnel design – Design of concrete segmental tunnel linings – Code of practice” have now given more credibility to this reinforcement type and the basis for design. This paper presents and discusses the design methodology for precast tunnel segments and in particular the tasks associated with the use of MSF reinforcement. Temporary loadings as well as long term load behaviour will be addressed. A case history from the Santoña–Laredo General Interceptor Collector, currently under construction in northern Spain, will illustrate the specific benefits of MSF reinforcement for segmental linings.


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