Flexible culverts in sloping terrain: Numerical simulation of soil loading effects
2015 (English)In: Engineering structures, ISSN 0141-0296, E-ISSN 1873-7323, Vol. 101, 111-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper investigates the performance of flexible culverts – often referred to as soil–steel composite bridges (SSCB) – when constructed in sloping topography. A number of 2D finite element models were created to simulate three case studies compromising two pipe arches and one high profile arch. The models were generated to investigate the effect of different surface slopes for different depths of soil cover. The aim was to understand and perceive the change of sectional forces in the structure with respect to slope increase under different soil covers. In addition, the effect of structure presence in the soil was also investigated in terms of soil stability. The results enable to realize the susceptibility of such structures to low heights of soil cover when built in sloping environment, which is seen in the incremental change in displacements and sectional forces, specially the bending moments. It is also found that the geometrical aspects of the profile shapes have more pronounced effect on their performance when introducing steeper slopes. The safety factor of soil stability is found to decrease when introducing such structures in the soil.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 101, 111-124 p.
Soil–steel composite bridge, Flexible culvert, Swedish design method, Sloping terrain, Slope stability, Finite element model
Research subject Civil and Architectural Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171212DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.07.004ISI: 000362142200010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84937216450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-171212DiVA: diva2:842729
QC 201508052015-07-222015-07-222015-11-30Bibliographically approved