In this paper, a new double diaphragm shock tube facility for studying the structural response of a circular plate resting on soil, when subjected to a shock wave, is described. The present shock tube has been designed in the framework of a more extensive research program aimed at the investigation of underground tunnel lining under blast and fire conditions. The innovative features of the facility are an end-chamber conceived to investigate soil-structure interaction and a burner equipment to heat the specimen in order to study to what extent thermal damage can affect the transmitted and reflected pressure wave as well as the structural response. Details of the shock tube design, construction and test procedure operations are discussed in the paper. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles that have driven the experimental equipment design choices. Numerical simulations have been performed to assess the ideal shock tube performance in terms of reflected pressure and test time duration as well as to evaluate how far the fire testing situation actually is from that normally used in tunnel design.

A New Shock Tube Facility for Tunnel Safety

COLOMBO, MATTEO;DI PRISCO, MARCO;MARTINELLI, PAOLO
2011

Abstract

In this paper, a new double diaphragm shock tube facility for studying the structural response of a circular plate resting on soil, when subjected to a shock wave, is described. The present shock tube has been designed in the framework of a more extensive research program aimed at the investigation of underground tunnel lining under blast and fire conditions. The innovative features of the facility are an end-chamber conceived to investigate soil-structure interaction and a burner equipment to heat the specimen in order to study to what extent thermal damage can affect the transmitted and reflected pressure wave as well as the structural response. Details of the shock tube design, construction and test procedure operations are discussed in the paper. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles that have driven the experimental equipment design choices. Numerical simulations have been performed to assess the ideal shock tube performance in terms of reflected pressure and test time duration as well as to evaluate how far the fire testing situation actually is from that normally used in tunnel design.
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