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  • 1.
    Wang, Dongxing
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering. Key Laboratory of Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Safety of Hubei Province, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430072, China.
    Wang, H.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Benzerzour, M.
    Maherzi, W.
    Amar, M.
    Effect of basalt fiber inclusion on the mechanical properties and microstructure of cement-solidified kaolinite2020In: Construction and Building Materials, ISSN 0950-0618, E-ISSN 1879-0526, Vol. 241, article id 118085Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The polypropylene fibers, which are currently attracting enormous attention in various geotechnical applications, carry a risk of aging under an integrated effect of heat, oxygen, light and other environmental factors, causing potentially infrastructure failure. An eco-friendly and biologically inactive material – basalt fiber, which has excellent natural resistance to aging and can eliminate aging-associated disasters, deserves more attention in geotechnical field. However, quite few studies are available on the beneficial reuse of basalt fibers to improve the engineering performance of soils. Therefore, this study aims to incorporate the sustainable basalt fiber and clarify how its inclusion impacts the mechanical properties and microstructure of cemented kaolinite. The experimental programs are comprised of three types of tests, i.e. two to examine the compressive strength and triaxial shear behavior and one to evaluate the microstructure properties. The results indicate that the basalt fiber reinforcement plays an essential role in enhancing the compressive strength and peak deviatoric stress of cemented and uncemented kaolinite. The inclusion of basalt fibers improves the ductility and weakens the brittleness of cemented kaolinite. The compressive strength increases with basalt fiber content and curing time, and reaches the peak at the fiber content of 0.2%, followed by a reduction due to the formation of weak zone at higher fiber content. The peak deviatoric stress is elevated until reaching the maximum at the basalt fiber content of 0.4%, after which further addition of basalt fiber tends to reduce its reinforcing effect. The peak deviatoric stress increases as the basalt fiber length is shortened and the confining pressure is raised. The strength gain of cement-basalt fiber inclusion is much more than the sum of strength increase induced by them individually. The combination of basalt fiber and cement has the virtues of both cement-stabilized and basalt fiber-reinforced kaolinite. The SEM analysis reveals that the mechanical interaction in the form of interface bonding and friction between kaolinite particle, cement hydration product and basalt fiber is the dominant mechanism controlling the reinforcement-cementation benefits. The bridging effect (reinforcement) of basalt fibers and binding effect (cementation) of hydration products make a major contribution to the formation of stable and interconnected microstructure, which results in an evident improvement in the mechanical behaviour of cemented kaolinite. The combination of basalt fiber and cement stabilization would be an innovative and effective method for geotechnical engineering works such as soft ground improvement.

  • 2.
    Zade, Sagar
    et al.
    KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
    Shamu, Tafadzwa John
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Lundell, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.
    Brandt, Luca
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.
    Finite-size spherical particles in a square duct flow of an elastoviscoplastic fluid: an experimental study2020In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 883, article id A6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present experimental study addresses the flow of a yield stress fluid with some elasticity (Carbopol gel) in a square duct. The behaviour of two fluids with lower and higher yield stress is investigated in terms of the friction factor and flow velocities at multiple Reynolds numbers Re* is an element of (1, 200) and, hence, Bingham numbers Bi is an element of (0.01, 0.35). Taking advantage of the symmetry planes in a square duct, we reconstruct the entire 3-component velocity field from two-dimensional particle image velocimetry (PIV). A secondary flow consisting of eight vortices is observed to recirculate the fluid from the core towards the wall centre and from the corners back to the core. The extent and intensity of these vortices grows with increasing Re* or, alternately, as the plug size decreases. The second objective of this study is to explore the change in flow in the presence of particles. To this end, almost neutrally buoyant finite-size spherical particles with a duct height, 2H, to particle diameter, d(p), ratio of 12 are used at two volume fractions phi = 5 and 10 %. Particle tracking velocimetry is used to measure the velocity of these refractive-index-matched spheres in the clear Carbopol gel, and PIV to extract the fluid velocity. Additionally, simple shadowgraphy is also used to qualitatively visualise the development of the particle distribution along the streamwise direction. The particle distribution pattern changes from being concentrated at the four corners, at low flow rates, to being focussed along a diffused ring between the centre and the corners, at high flow rates. The presence of particles induces streamwise and wall-normal velocity fluctuations in the fluid phase; however, the primary Reynolds shear stress is still very small compared to turbulent flows. The size of the plug in the particle-laden cases appears to be smaller than the corresponding single-phase cases. Similar to Newtonian fluids, the friction factor increases due to the presence of particles, almost independently of the suspending fluid matrix. Interestingly, predictions based on an increased effective suspension viscosity agrees quite well with the experimental friction factor for the concentrations used in this study.

  • 3.
    Hellgren, Rikard
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Concrete Structures.
    Malm, Richard
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Concrete Structures.
    Fransson, Lennart
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Luleå, Sweden.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Westberg Wilde, Marie
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Measurement of ice pressure on a concrete dam with a prototype ice load panel2020In: Cold Regions Science and Technology, ISSN 0165-232X, E-ISSN 1872-7441, Vol. 170, article id 102923Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the development and installation of a prototype ice load panel and measurements of ice load from February 2016 to February 2018 at the Rätan hydropower dam in Sweden. The design of the 1 × 3 m2 panel enables direct measurement of ice pressure on the concrete surface is based on previous experience from similar measurements with sea ice. Important features of the design are sufficient height and width to reduce scale effects and to cover the ice thickness and variations in water level. The Rätan dam was chosen based on several criteria so that the ice load is considered to be reasonably idealized against the dam structure.

    For the three winters 2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, the maximum ice load recorded was 161 kN/m, 164 kN/m and 61 kN/m respectively. There were significant daily fluctuations during the cold winter months, and the daily peak ice loads showed a visual correlation with the daily average temperature and with the daily pattern of operation of the power station with its corresponding water level variations.

  • 4.
    Ignat, Razvan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Baker, Sadek
    Skanska Sweden AB, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Karstunen, Minna
    Chalmers Univ Technol, Dept Architecture & Civil Engn, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Liedberg, Sven
    Skanska Sweden AB, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Numerical analyses of an experimental excavation supported by panels of lime-cement columns2020In: Computers and geotechnics, ISSN 0266-352X, E-ISSN 1873-7633, Vol. 118, article id 103296Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of ground improvement with panels of overlapping lime-cement columns on the behavior of a braced excavation loaded to failure has been investigated using 3D numerical analyses and the results are compared with an experimental full-scale failure test. The analyses reveal that stress-induced strength anisotropy of lime-cement improved clay needs to be considered when the stress path for the actual field conditions differs from that in conventional laboratory testing. In addition to strength parameters, the modulus of deformation that is consistent with the actual encountered stress path is also needed for reasonable predictions.

  • 5.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Stille, Håkan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Palmstrøm, Arild
    Rock Mass Consulting Company.
    Principles of risk‑based rock engineering design2020In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN 0723-2632, E-ISSN 1434-453X, Vol. 53, p. 1129-1143Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In comparison with other types of construction, the development of rock engineering design codes has been slow. Codesmust, however, be developed with relevant discipline-specific characteristics in mind. This paper, therefore, presents ageneric design framework for rock engineering. The framework is based on the presumption that rock engineering designmust be viewed as decision-making under uncertainty, which makes the design process subject to general risk managementprinciples, as risk is defined as “effect of uncertainties on objectives” (ISO 31000). Thus, rock engineering design codesultimately need to facilitate design processes that target the risk, to enable design of structures that not only are sufficientlysafe and durable and cost-effectively constructed, but also imply safe and healthy work conditions during construction andan acceptably low environmental impact. The presented framework satisfies this fundamental requirement and the authorsfind codification of its principles to be rather straightforward, as long as the level of detail in the code is governed by a strictapplication of ISO’s general risk management principles. Further details on methods and practical recommendations caninstead be supplemented in separate handbooks and application guidelines.

  • 6.
    Shamu, John
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Zou, Liangchao
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure.
    Kotzé, Reinhardt
    Incipientus Ultrasound Flow Technologies AB, Sweden.
    Wiklund, Johan
    Incipientus Ultrasound Flow Technologies AB, Sweden.
    Håkansson, Ulf
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Skanska Sweden AB, Sweden.
    Radial Flow Velocity Profiles of a Yield Stress Fluid between Smooth Parallel Disks2020In: Rheologica Acta, ISSN 0035-4511, E-ISSN 1435-1528Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Zou, Liangchao
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure.
    Håkansson, Ulf
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Cvetkovic, Vladimir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure.
    Yield-power-law fluid propagation in water-saturated fracture networks with application to rock grouting2020In: Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, ISSN 0886-7798, E-ISSN 1878-4364, Vol. 95, article id 103170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cement grouting is widely applied in rock tunneling and underground construction to reduce groundwater inflow and increase the tightness of rock masses. The rock grouting process involves complex non-Newtonian grouts propagation in fracture networks. In this study, a two-phase flow model extended for yield-power-law fluid (e.g., cement grout) propagation in water-saturated fracture networks is presented. The effective transmissivity is scaled from analytical solutions for single-phase yield-power-law fluids flow between a pair of smooth parallel plates. This extended two-phase flow model for fracture networks is verified based on a unique set of experimental data. The full experiment dataset is presented in this work for the first time. Impacts of rheological parameters and time-dependent rheological properties of injected yield-power-law fluids on propagation processes are investigated through numerical simulations. A measure referred to as the propagation volume fraction is defined as an indicator of the propagation process. The results generally show that the rheological properties significantly affect the evolution of the propagation volume fraction. The propagation rate reduces with increased yield stress, consistency index and flow index. The two-phase flow of yield-power-law fluid propagation in a heterogeneous fracture network is also simulated, showing that the heterogeneity of fracture apertures may significantly affect the propagation process. For the heterogeneous case, with two-point distribution of apertures, the propagation volume fraction can be represented by using the harmonic mean aperture. Since the yield-power-law constitutive model covers a wide range of non-Newtonian fluids, the results presented in this work can be used for studying non-Newtonian fluid propagation in a variety of homogeneous or heterogeneous fracture networks, which can be used for rock grouting design.

  • 8.
    de Frias Lopez, Ricardo
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Silfwerbrand, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Concrete Structures.
    A discrete element material model including particle degradation suitable for rockfill embankments2019In: Computers and geotechnics, ISSN 0266-352X, E-ISSN 1873-7633, Vol. 115, article id 103166Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A material model for future implementation in high rockfill embankments has been developed using discrete elements. Compared to previous modelling of railway ballast representing particles as clumps of spheres with bonded asperities, much simpler breakable clumps are used. This allows considering not only corner breakage but also particle splitting without a prohibitive computational time, something unique when modelling three-dimensional assemblies of particles. Moreover, breakage is controlled by values of contact forces and particle loading configuration, resulting in significantly fewer parameters and with a much clearer physical meaning. All in all, it results in a more computationally efficient and robust model suitable for implementation in rockfill embankments. Numerical monotonic and cyclic triaxial tests are performed under a range of low deviatoric to confinement stress ratios, as anticipated for railway embankments. A comparable degree of resemblance to empirical results as the previous modelling efforts with bonded asperities is observed when including degradation. Results at particle level proved useful to partially explain the observed macroscopic responses; however, these were substantially affected by breakage and none of the studied variables could, on its own, satisfactorily fully explain the observed behaviour. As a matter of fact, a complex interdependency of different factors, both at particle and macroscopic level, was identified that ultimately explained the macroscopic response. The key contribution is thus presenting an efficient and realistic material model specifically aimed at modelling high rockfill embankments including degradation, something not attempted to date.

  • 9.
    Stigsson, Martin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering. SKB, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co, Solna, Sweden.
    Ivars, Diego Mas
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    A Novel Conceptual Approach to Objectively Determine JRC Using Fractal Dimension and Asperity Distribution of Mapped Fracture Traces2019In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN 0723-2632, E-ISSN 1434-453X, Vol. 52, no 4, p. 1041-1054Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The understanding of fractures in hard rock is important for topics such as geomechanics, rock mechanics and groundwater flow and solute transport. One key aspect is the roughness of the fracture, often described as the joint roughness coefficient, JRC. JRC is often subjectively interpreted by one geologist comparing a fracture trace with different type traces. It has been shown that several geologists are needed to get reliable interpretations of JRC. There are numerous attempts in the literature to develop objective methods to estimate JRC from digital traces. Some methods are not applicable to fractures, which give arbitrary results while other methods are sensitive to the resolution of the digitalisation and hence need a new relationship for each resolution. Another way of describing the roughness is by the two parameters fractal dimension and magnitude distribution of the asperities. These parameters can be objectively inferred using algorithms and act as input for a model to estimate JRC. Using several evaluation methods, the uncertainty can be decreased and, hence, more robust results achieved. A multilinear model is developed, JRC = − 4.3 + 54.6σδh(1mm) + 4.3H, that estimates JRC, of the classic ten type curves by Barton and Choubey, with standard deviation ± 1 unit. Despite the simplicity of the model it explains 96.5% of the variance in JRC. The developed model is benchmarked against an ensemble of geologists, using nine synthetic fracture traces. The median difference of JRC is 0.2 units and the model shows 40% smaller spread compared to the geologists.

  • 10.
    Ghaderi, Abdolvahed
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Abbaszadeh Shahri, Abbas
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Islamic Azad Univ, Roudehen Branch, Fac Civil Engn, Tehran, Iran..
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    An artificial neural network based model to predict spatial soil type distribution using piezocone penetration test data (CPTu)2019In: Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, ISSN 1435-9529, E-ISSN 1435-9537, Vol. 78, no 6, p. 4579-4588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Soil types mapping and the spatial variation of soil classes are essential concerns in both geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. Because conventional soil mapping systems are time-consuming and costly, alternative quick and cheap but accurate methods need to be developed. In this paper, a new optimized multi-output generalized feed forward neural network (GFNN) structure using 58 piezocone penetration test points (CPTu) for producing a digital soil types map in the southwest of Sweden is developed. The introduced GFNN architecture is supported by a generalized shunting neuron (GSN) model computing unit to increase the capability of nonlinear boundaries of classified patterns. The comparison conducted between known soil type classification charts, CPTu interpreting procedures, and the outcomes of the GFNN model indicates acceptable accuracy in estimating complex soil types. The results show that the predictability of the GFNN system offers a valuable tool for the purpose of soil type pattern classifications and providing soil profiles.

  • 11.
    Prästings, Anders
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Characteristic values of geotechnical parameters in Eurocode 72019In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engeneers: Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 1353-2618, E-ISSN 1751-8563, Vol. 172, no 4, p. 301-311Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lack of harmonisation between reliability-based design and the partial factor method in Eurocode 7 (EN 1997-1:2004) is preventing the widespread introduction of a risk-based concept in geotechnical design. This paper discusses how uncertainties are managed according to EN 1997-1:2004 and possible implications of not harmonising the current safety format with reliability-based design. One of several challenges highlighted is how EN 1997-1:2004 defines the characteristic value and design value. The characteristic value is therein defined based on a classical frequentist approach through a confidence interval. From a Bayesian point of view, the current definition does not treat the characteristic value as an uncertain variable. Consequently, the definitions of the characteristic value and design value in EN 1997-1:2004 feature weak connections between uncertainties in the geotechnical properties and the consequences of failure, as regulated by the target reliability index.

  • 12.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Editorial2019In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engeneers: Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 1353-2618, E-ISSN 1751-8563, Vol. 172, no 2, p. 111-112Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Lira, Bernadita
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Ekblad, Jonas
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering Laboratory.
    Lundström, Robert
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering Laboratory.
    Evaluation of asphalt rutting based on mixture aggregate gradation2019In: Road Materials and Pavement DesignArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aggregate gradation is fundamental concerning asphalt pavement response to loading, especially regarding resistance to permanent deformation. This study assess, in an empirical way, the capability of a gradation-based framework to evaluate the susceptibility to permanent deformation of asphalt mixtures with varying aggregate gradation. The laboratory study was planned to isolate the effect of aggregate gradation by keeping the source of both the aggregates and the binder constant. The work consisted of testing six different asphalt mixtures with varying aggregate gradations using two different methods: wheel tracking and cyclic compression test. Results show that the testing method influences the asphalt mixtures response to loading. The combined normalised result shows a non-significant relationship between the gradation-based framework parameters and resistance to permanent deformation. Additionally, it was observed that the total amount of coarse material have an influence on mixture resistance to permanent deformation.

  • 14.
    Abbaszadeh Shahri, Abbas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Landslide susceptibility hazard map in southwest Sweden using artificial neural network2019In: Catena (Cremlingen. Print), ISSN 0341-8162, E-ISSN 1872-6887, Vol. 183, article id UNSP 104225Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Landslides as major geo-hazards in Sweden adversely impact on nearby environments and socio-economics. In this paper, a landslide susceptibility map using a proposed subdivision approach for a large area in southwest Sweden has been produced. The map has been generated by means of an artificial neural network (ANN) model developed using fourteen causative factors extracted from topographic and geomorphologic, geological, land use, hydrology and hydrogeology characteristics. The landslide inventory map includes 242 events identified from different validated resources and interpreted aerial photographs. The weights of the causative factors employed were analyzed and verified using accepted mathematical criteria, sensitivity analysis, previous studies, and actual landslides. The high accuracy achieved using the ANN model demonstrates a consistent criterion for future landslide susceptibility zonation. Comparisons with earlier susceptibility assessments in the area show the model to be a cost-effective and potentially vital tool for urban planners in developing cities and municipalities.

  • 15.
    Massarsch, K. R.
    et al.
    Geo Risk & Vibrat Scandinavia AB, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Wersäll, Carl
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Monitoring and Process Control of Vibratory Driving2019In: Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 0046-5828, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vibrators are used increasingly in the foundation industry, primarily for installation of piles and sheet piles, but also for deep vibratory compaction. Fundamentals of vibratory driving are described that make it possible to choose vibrator performance parameters based on field monitoring and performance control. Variable frequency and amplitude vibrators have become available that make it possible to adapt the driving process to project-specific requirements. The components of modern electronic measuring systems are detailed that can be used to monitor, control, and document different aspects of vibratory driving. Two examples are presented-vibratory driving of sheet piles and resonance compaction-which show how the performance of vibrators and sheet piles can be analysed and adapted to meet specific requirements. By using the advanced monitoring and process control systems, the efficiency of vibratory driving is enhanced. From the retrieved parameters, a better understanding of the vibratory driving process is gained, which can be used to develop a valuable database.

  • 16.
    Bjurström, Henrik
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Rydén, Nils
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Building Technology and Design.
    Non-contact rolling surface wave measurements on asphalt concrete2019In: International Journal on Road Materials and Pavement Design, ISSN 1468-0629, E-ISSN 2164-7402, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 334-346Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rolling surface wave measurements on a single, thin asphalt concrete (AC) layer are presented to investigate their use in rapid nondestructive field tests. An array of 47 micro-electro-mechanical sensor (MEMS) microphones is mounted on a trailer together with an automated impact source. Multichannel recordings from single impacts are obtained at 80 equally spaced array positions as the trailer moves at a constant speed. The complete battery-powered data acquisition system enables large-scale testing of newly built pavements. Multiple sets of test results show good repeatability for the assessed shear wave velocity and demonstrate the strong temperature dependency of AC. The presented results indicate a possible application for quality assurance of AC using rolling surface wave measurements.

  • 17.
    Hov, Sölve
    et al.
    GeoMind/LabMind.
    Prästings, Anders
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Persson, Erik
    Bjerking.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    On empirical correlations for normalised shear strengths from fall cone and direct simple shear tests in soft Swedish clays2019In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, ISSN 0960-3182, E-ISSN 1573-1529Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Bjureland, William
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Sjölander, Andreas
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Probability distributions of shotcrete parameters for reliability-based analyses of rock tunnel support2019In: Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, ISSN 0886-7798, E-ISSN 1878-4364, Vol. 87, p. 15-26Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A common support measure for underground excavations in jointed rock masses to support loose blocks is to apply a thin shotcrete layer to the periphery of the excavation and systematically install rockbolts into the surrounding rock mass. In this support system, large blocks are carried by the rockbolts and small blocks are carried by the thin shotcrete layer. To verify the shotcrete layer's load-bearing capacity and to stringently account for the large uncertainties incorporated in the variables involved in determining its capacity, analytical calculations in combination with reliability-based methods can be used. However, a lack of knowledge exists regarding the magnitude and uncertainty of shotcrete characteristics (thickness, adhesion, flexural tensile strength, residual flexural tensile strength, and compressive strength), making it difficult to apply reliability-based methods. A statistical quantification of these characteristics is therefore important to facilitate reliability-based methods in design and verification of shotcrete support. In this paper, we illustrate how shotcrete support against small loose blocks can be viewed as a correlated conditional structural system and how this system can be analyzed using reliability-based methods. In addition, we present a unique amount of data for the aforementioned variables, which are all incorporated in the design and verification of a shotcrete layer's ability to sustain loads from small loose blocks. Based on the presented data, we statistically quantify and propose suitable probability distributions for each variable. Lastly, we illustrate how the proposed probability distributions can be used in the design process to calculate the probability of exceeding the shotcrete's load-bearing capacity. Both the probabilistic quantification and the defined correlated conditional structural system along with the illustrative calculation example are followed by a discussion of their implications.

  • 19.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Gasch, Tobias
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Concrete Structures.
    Reliability-based alarm thresholds for structures analysed with the finite element method2019In: Structural Safety, ISSN 0167-4730, E-ISSN 1879-3355, Vol. 76, p. 174-183Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Civil engineering structures are commonly monitored to assess their structural behaviour, using alarm thresholds to indicate when contingency actions are needed to improve safety. However, there is a need for guidelines on how to establish thresholds that ensure sufficient safety. This paper therefore proposes a general computational algorithm for establishment of reliability-based alarm thresholds for civil engineering structures. The algorithm is based on Subset simulation with independent-component Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation and applicable with both analytical structural models and finite element models. The reliability-based alarm thresholds can straightforwardly be used in the monitoring plans that are developed in the design phase of a construction project, in particular for sequentially loaded structures such as staged construction of embankments. With the reliability-based alarm thresholds, contingency actions will only be implemented when they are needed to satisfy the target probability of failure.

  • 20.
    Shamu, John
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Håkansson, Ulf
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Skanska Sweden AB, Sweden.
    Rheology of Cement Grouts: On the Critical Shear Rate and No-Slip Regime in the Couette Geometry2019In: Cement and Concrete Research, ISSN 0008-8846, E-ISSN 1873-3948Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The rheological properties of cement grouts play a key role in determining the final spread in grouted rock formations. In terms of flow properties, cement grouts are known to be complex thixotropic fluids, but their steady flow behavior is often described by the simple Bingham constitutive law. Due to their time dependent nature, the flow curves of cement grouts have been known to exhibit an unstable non-monotonic region, characterized by a negative slope below a critical shear rate. Within this paper, we focus on how this unstable region that is dominated by flow localization is affected by rheometer geometry and flow sweep measurement interval. We carried out controlled shear rate (CSR) flow sweeps on typical micro-cement grouts within different Couette geometries. Lastly, we discuss the effects of geometry and measurement interval on the resulting flow curves, with a focus on the critical shear rate that separates homogenous from non-homogeneous unstable flow.

  • 21.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Damasceno, Davi
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Jan
    Naturgasteknik AB.
    Stojanovic, Bojan
    Vattenfall.
    Simonsson, Nicklas
    Vattenfall.
    Storskalig lagring av vätgas i bergrum2019In: Bygg och Teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1, p. 41-44Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Sveriges stålproduktion släpper idag ut stora mängder växthusgaser. Med initiativet HYBRIT hoppas SSAB, LKAB och Vattenfall göra stålproduktionen fossilfri genom att använda vätgas i processen. I HYBRIT:s forskningsprogram RP1 bidrar KTH Jord- och bergmekanik med att utveckla och förfina storskalig teknik för lagring av vätgas i bergrum. Artikeln beskriver de viktigaste frågeställningarna i forskningsprojektet.

  • 22.
    Ignat, Razvan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Baker, S.
    Skanska Sweden AB, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Holmén, M.
    Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI), Linköping, Sweden.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Triaxial extension and tension tests on lime-cement-improved clay2019In: Soil and foundation, ISSN 0038-0806, Vol. 59, no 5, p. 1399-1416Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the results of a series of undrained and drained isotropic consolidated triaxial extension, tension and compression laboratory tests on lime-cement-improved very soft clay. The main objective of these tests was to investigate the material strength and stiffness properties for stress conditions similar to those expected on the passive side of excavations where a retaining structure is supported by Deep Mixing columns. The different stress paths to failure were obtained by varying the directions of the major and minor principal stresses in a conventional triaxial test cell. The undrained tests conducted at low consolidation stresses, corresponding to depths of approximately 0–10 m below the ground surface, revealed significant differences in undrained strength depending on the directions of the major and minor principal stresses, indicating anisotropic material behavior. Based on the undrained triaxial test results, the relationship among the undrained strength, the effective consolidation stress and the over-consolidation ratio (OCR) is presented for different stress paths to failure. The experimental data from the drained tests show that a failure surface comprised of a shear failure function based on the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion and a tensile failure function based on the tensile strength and the confining stress can be applied for lime-cement-stabilized clay.

  • 23.
    Wonglert, Anucha
    et al.
    King Mongkuts Univ Technol Thonburi, Dept Civil Engn, Bangkok, Thailand..
    Jongpradist, Pornkasem
    King Mongkuts Univ Technol Thonburi, Dept Civil Engn, Bangkok, Thailand..
    Jamsawang, Pitthaya
    King Mongkuts Univ Technol North Bangkok, Dept Civil Engn, Bangkok, Thailand..
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Bearing capacity and failure behaviors of floating stiffened deep cement mixing columns under axial load2018In: Soil and foundation, ISSN 0038-0806, Vol. 58, no 2, p. 446-461Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This research aims to clarify and gain an insight into the impact of the length of the stiffened core and the strength of the deep cement mixing (DCM) socket on the behaviors of floating stiffened deep cement mixing (SDCM) columns. The observed behaviors include the axial ultimate bearing capacity, settlement and failure mode. The study begins by conducting a series of physical model tests as a preliminary investigation. The results reveal that the strength of the DCM socket can be reduced to a certain value by inserting a sufficiently long reinforced core to achieve the highest possible load-carrying capacity, indicating an optimum length of the stiffened core for a specific DCM socket strength. For a parametric study on the actual scale condition, full-scale load tests on a floating DCM and an SDCM column with eucalyptus wood as a core in the thick soft clay layer area were carried out to provide a reference case. The extended numerical analysis results suggest that the modes of failure depend on the length of the stiffened core and the strength of the DCM socket. The results from the numerical parametric study were used to establish a guideline chart for suggesting the appropriate length of the core in accordance with the strength of the DCM socket of the floating SDCM columns. The field pile load test results also confirm that core materials with a lower strength and stiffness, such as eucalyptus wood, could potentially be used as a reinforced core.

  • 24.
    Wersäll, Carl
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Nordfelt, Ingmar
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Effektivare packning med nya insikter2018In: Bygg & Teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1, p. 44-45Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Davy, P.
    et al.
    Univ Rennes, CNRS, Geosci Rennes, UMR 6118, Rennes, France..
    Darcel, C.
    Itasca Consultants SAS, Ecully, France..
    Le Goc, R.
    Itasca Consultants SAS, Ecully, France..
    Ivars, Diego Mas
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Swedish Nucl Fuel & Waste Management Co, SKB, Solna, Sweden.
    Elastic Properties of Fractured Rock Masses With Frictional Properties and Power Law Fracture Size Distributions2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, ISSN 2169-9313, E-ISSN 2169-9356, Vol. 123, no 8, p. 6521-6539Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We derive the relationships that link the general elastic properties of rock masses to the geometrical properties of fracture networks, with a special emphasis to the case of frictional crack surfaces. We extend the well-known elastic solutions for free-slipping cracks to fractures whose plane resistance is defined by an elastic fracture (shear) stiffness k(s) and a stick-slip Coulomb threshold. A complete set of analytical solutions have been derived for (i) the shear displacement in the fracture plane for stresses below the slip threshold and above, (ii) the partitioning between the resistances of the fracture plane on the one hand and of the elastic matrix on the other hand, and (iii) the stress conditions to trigger slip. All the expressions have been checked with numerical simulations. The Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio were also derived for a population of fractures. They are controlled both by the total fracture surface for fractures larger than the stiffness length l(S) (defined by k(s) and the intact matrix elastic properties) and by the percolation parameter of smaller fractures. These results were applied to power law fracture size distributions, which are likely relevant to geological cases. We show that if the fracture size exponent is in the range -3 to -4, which corresponds to a wide range of geological fracture networks, the elastic properties of the bulk rock are almost exclusively controlled by k(s) and the stiffness length, meaning that the fractures of size l(S) play a major role in the definition of the elastic properties.

  • 26.
    Abbaszadeh Shahri, Abbas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Kartering av skredbenägenhet medartificiell intelligens2018In: Bygg & teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Sölve, Hov
    et al.
    GeoMind.
    Persson, Erik
    Bjerking.
    Prästings, Anders
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Korrelationer mellan odräneradskjuvhållfasthet och förkonsolideringstryck i lera2018In: Bygg & teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1, p. 55-58Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Stille, Håkan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Palmström, Arild
    RockMass Consulting Co, Ovre Smestad Vei 35E, N-0378 Oslo, Norway..
    On the Need for a Risk-Based Framework in Eurocode 7 to Facilitate Design of Underground Openings in Rock2018In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN 0723-2632, E-ISSN 1434-453X, Vol. 51, no 8, p. 2427-2431Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The European design code for geotechnical engineering, EN-1997 Eurocode 7, is currently under revision. As design of underground openings in rock fundamentally differs from design of most other types of structures, the revised Eurocode 7 must be carefully formulated to be applicable to underground openings. This paper presents the authors' view of how a design code for underground openings in rock needs to be organized to ensure that new structures are both sufficiently safe and constructed cost-effectively. The authors find that the revised version of Eurocode 7 carefully must acknowledge the fundamental decision-theoretical connection between design and risk management that should permeate all geotechnical design work. Otherwise, if the revised code is not given a risk-based framework, the authors fear that, as a consequence, the observational method will not be favorable to use in excavations of underground openings in rock. Then, cost-effective construction will be very difficult to achieve.

  • 29.
    Wersäll, Carl
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Nordfelt, I.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Resonant roller compaction of gravel in full-scale tests2018In: Transportation Geotechnics, ISSN 2214-3912, Vol. 14, p. 93-97Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Results from a recent study indicated that compaction by vibratory roller can be made more time- and energy-efficient by operating at a vibration frequency close to resonance. In this paper, the results are verified and the reduction in operating time is quantified by conducting detailed full-scale tests under realistic conditions at two frequencies: the standard operating frequency of the roller and a lower frequency slightly above resonance. Compaction was done in two tests per frequency with 16 passes in each test. The obtained compaction was quantified using a combination of measurement techniques, including laser levelling, nuclear density gauge and static plate load tests. The results confirm that the lower frequency is more efficient for compaction and that utilizing resonance in the roller-soil system can reduce the number of passes. In addition, lowering the frequency reduces energy consumption, environmental impact and machine wear. 

  • 30.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Olsson, Lars
    Geostatistik AB, Tumba, Sweden..
    Stille, Håkan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    The Swedish Geotechnical Society's methodology for risk management: a tool for engineers in their everyday work2018In: Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, ISSN 1749-9518, E-ISSN 1749-9526, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 183-189Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish Geotechnical Society has adopted a general methodology for risk management in geotechnical engineering projects to reduce the costs related to negative outcomes of geotechnical risks. This technical note highlights the main features of the methodology and strives to inspire the international geotechnical community to apply sensible risk management methods. In the authors' opinion, a successful geotechnical risk management needs to be structured, be tailored to the project, and permeate the engineers' everyday work. Then, sufficient quality can be achieved in the project with larger probability.

  • 31.
    Zou, Liangchao
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure.
    Håkansson, Ulf
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Cvetkovic, Vladimir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure.
    Two-phase cement grout propagation in homogeneous water-saturated rock fractures2018In: International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences, ISSN 1365-1609, E-ISSN 1873-4545, Vol. 106, p. 243-249Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Modeling of cement grout flow in rock fractures is important for the design, monitoring and execution of rock grouting that is widely used in a variety of rock engineering applications. This study presents a mathematical model based on the Reynolds flow equation for cement grout flow in a homogeneous water-saturated rock fracture. The model is based on two-phase flow, i.e. grout as a Bingham fluid and groundwater as a Newtonian fluid, and is used for investigating the importance of the water phase in rock grouting. The modeling results for the two-phase flow generally show the importance of the water phase that can significantly affect the pressure distribution and grout penetration in the fracture, especially under the condition of grout hardening. Such effects depend on the viscosity ratio between the grout and groundwater, which becomes increasingly important for cases with smaller values of the viscosity ratio. The grout density also affects the grout penetration length. Applying an analytical solution based on single-phase flow, i.e. neglecting the impact of groundwater flow, for modeling grout injection, will generally overestimate the penetration length.

  • 32.
    Bjureland, William
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Prästings, Anders
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Challenges in applying fixed partial factors to rock engineering design2017In: Geotechnical Special Publication, ISSN 0895-0563, no 283, p. 384-393Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish national guidelines for design of the main structural support system in road and railway rock tunnels have been adjusted to cohere with Eurocode 7. In the design guidelines, the limit states that the designer should consider are specified. The main method to account for uncertainties in the Swedish guidelines is similar to the method preferred in Eurocode 7: the partial factor method. For each limit state, fixed partial factors retrieved from different sections of the Eurocodes are specified. However, fixed partial factors may not correspond to the same structural reliability for all design situations. In this paper, we show for a common design situation in rock engineering design how partial factors in theory should vary with design geometries and uncertainties. The derived partial factors are compared to the Eurocodes’ fixed values. We find that using fixed partial factors to ensure structural safety in these limit states might not be suitable. The implications are discussed along with suggestions of other more suitable methods to account for uncertainties in rock engineering design.

  • 33.
    El Tani, Mohamed
    et al.
    AABuildings, Beirut, Lebanon.
    Stille, Håkan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Grout Spread and Injection Period of Silica Solution and Cement Mix in Rock Fractures2017In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN 0723-2632, E-ISSN 1434-453X, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A systematic presentation of the analytic relations of grout spread to the time period is established. They are divided following the nature of the flow, the property of the mix and the driving process. This includes channel flow between parallel plates and radial flow between parallel discs, nonlinear Newtonian fluids like silica solution, polyurethane and epoxy, and Bingham material like cement-based grout, and three grouting processes at a constant flow rate, constant pressure and constant energy. The analytic relations for the constant energy process are new and complete the relations of the constant flow rate and constant pressure processes. The well-known statement that refusal cannot be obtained during finite time for any injected material at a constant flow rate or constant injection pressure is extended to include the energy process. The term refusal pressure or energy cannot be supported for stop criteria. Stop criteria have to be defined considering confirmed relation of the spread to the time period and of the flow rate to the pressure and spread. It is shown that it is always possible to select a grouting process along which the work will exceed any predefined energy, the consequence of which is that jacking is related to the applied forces and not to the injected energy. Furthermore, a clarification is undertaken concerning the radial flow rate of a Bingham material since there are two different formulations. Their difference is explained and quantified. Finally, it is shown that the applied Lugeon theory is not supported by the analytic relations and needs to be substantially modified.

  • 34.
    Prästings, Anders
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Müller, Rasmus
    Tyréns AB.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Bjureland, William
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Implementing the Extended Multivariate Approach in Design with Partial Factors for a Retaining Wall in Clay2017In: ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, ISSN 2376-7642, Vol. 3, no 4, article id 04017015Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Limitations with the current design using partial factors in Eurocode 7 have been identified. Uncertainties in the material properties are incorporated in both the cautious estimate of the characteristic value and the partial factor. Furthermore, the partial factor is fixed, which limits the opportunities to update the design when additional information is available. A more rational procedure of managing uncertainties in design with partial factors is proposed based on the Bayesian methodology referred to as the extended multivariate approach. The benefits of the approach are illustrated with a case study in which uncertainties of undrained shear strength are characterized for a Swedish clay. The characteristic value and design value is calculated in accordance with the Swedish national annex to Eurocode 7 by adjusting the otherwise fixed partial factor with a conversion factor allowable through EN 1990. The study highlights major benefits in managing uncertainties in a quantifiable and rational way.

  • 35.
    Sadrizadeh, Sasan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Fluid and Climate Technology.
    Nejad Ghafar, Ali
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Halilovic, Armin
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Fluid and Climate Technology.
    Håkansson, Ulf
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Numerical, Experimental and Analytical Studies on Fluid Flow through a Marsh Funnel2017In: Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 1735-3572, E-ISSN 1735-3645, Vol. 10, no 6, p. 1501-1507Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the application of computational fluid dynamics technique in civil and underground industries to evaluate fluid behaviour in a Marsh funnel. The numerical approach, based on computational fluid dynamics, simulated an incompressible two-phase Newtonian flow by means of the Volume-of-Fluid method. A complementary analytical proposed which provided a quick, field-ready method to assess the fluid field in the Marsh funnel. A supplemental experimental effort evaluated the results obtained from both the analytical calculation and numerical simulation. Results showed that the application of computational fluid dynamics technique gives the desired results in studying fluid flows in civil and underground industries. Proposed analytical solution is also capable of accurately predicting the fluid flow and thus can complement the experimental and numerical approaches. Further, the proposed analytical approach can be an alternative method for faster evaluation of fluid, although it needs to be calibrated with either the numerical or the experimental studies.

  • 36.
    Larsson, Stefan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Bjureland, William
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Obefintlig tillsyn utarmar geoteknisk kompetens hos husbyggare2017In: Bygg & teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1, p. 61-63Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 37.
    Bjureland, William
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Spross, Johan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Prästings, Anders
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Reliability aspects of rock tunnel design with the observational method2017In: International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences, ISSN 1365-1609, E-ISSN 1873-4545, Vol. 98, p. 102-110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    According to Eurocode 7, two accepted approaches for managing uncertainty in tunnel design are reliability based methods and the observational method. Reliability-based methods account for uncertainty by acknowledging the random variation of the input parameters; the observational method does this by verifying the expected behavior from an initial design during the course of construction. However, in the framework of the observational method, as defined in Eurocode 7, no guidance is given on the selection of suitable parameters for observation and how they can be linked to the limits of acceptable behavior and, at a sufficiently early stage, the decision for implementing contingency actions. Furthermore, no guidance is given on how to verify that the structure fulfills society's required safety level. In this paper, we present a design procedure for shotcrete-supported rock tunnels that combines reliability-based methods with the observational method. The design procedure applies a deformation-based limit state function for the shotcrete support that is based on the convergence confinement method. We suggest how the requirements in the observational method, as defined in Eurocode 7, may be satisfied for this application. In particular, we focus on the structural reliability aspects. The structural reliability of the preliminary design is assessed with Monte Carlo simulations by calculating the expected deformations of the tunnel. The appropriateness of the preliminary design is then verified by observing the actual deformations during the course of construction. The observed deformations are used to predict the future behavior of the tunnel and to update the assessed probability of unsatisfactory behavior. If the defined deformation-based alarm limit regarding the structural reliability is exceeded, predefined contingency actions are put into operation. The procedure is illustrated with a shotcrete-lined circular rock tunnel and practical aspects in satisfying the reliability requirements with the observational method are discussed.

  • 38.
    Deckner, Fanny
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Jörgen
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.
    Viking, Kenneth
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Trafikverket.
    Hintze, Staffan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Sheet pile behavior during vibratory driving: numerical study based on a field test2017In: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, ISSN 0267-7261, E-ISSN 1879-341XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vibrations due to sheet pile driving are a problem in many urban areas today. Increased knowledgeof the vibration transfer process from source to nearby objects is important in order to enableminimization of induced vibrations. The transfer of vibrations from sheet pile to soil is dependent onthe sheet pile behaviour during driving. This paper presents a 3D finite element study of thebehaviour of a vibratory driven sheet pile, complementing results from a full-scale field test. Thefinite element model accounts for strain dependent soil stiffness using an equivalent linear soilmodel. The conclusion is that the sheet pile bends considerably during driving with eccentricclamping. Furthermore, it is shown that the bending mode is similar irrespective of sheet pilepenetration depth.

  • 39.
    Nejad Ghafar, Ali
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Ali Akbar, Saman
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Al-Naddaf, Manar
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Draganovic, Almir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Uncertainties in Grout Penetrability Measurements; Evaluation and Comparison of Filter pump, Penetrability meter and Short slot2017In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, ISSN 0960-3182, E-ISSN 1573-1529Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To measure grout penetrability in fractured hard rock, various measuring instruments have been developed over the years. Penetrability meter and Filter pump have been designed to use in both the lab and the field. Short slot has been applicable mainly in the lab due to its complexity. The fact, that these instruments have been built based on different assumptions, limitations, and test conditions, makes their results occasionally in contradict. Deficiency in design of the instruments as well as the methods of evaluating grout penetrability is additionally a basis for uncertainty in results. This study is an experimental effort to determine and thoroughly perceive the nature of the most governing uncertainties in grout penetrability measurements. The test apparatus, procedure, and method used to evaluate the grout penetrability in both Penetrability meter and Filter pump were thus modified. The aim was to control the corresponding uncertainties and make their limitations and test conditions as similar as possible with the ones in Short slot. The results suggested that to obtain a more realistic evaluation of the grout penetrability, measurement should be accomplished at both the high and the low pressures with sufficient grout volume using Short slot. Moreover, application of both Filter pump and Penetrability meter is no longer recommended due to the revealed uncertainties.

  • 40.
    Nejad Ghafar, Ali
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Sadrizadeh, Sasan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Fluid and Climate Technology. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
    Magakis, Konstantinos
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Draganovic, Almir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Varying aperture long slot (VALS), a method for studying grout penetrability into fractured hard rock2017In: ASTM geotechnical testing journal, ISSN 0149-6115, E-ISSN 1945-7545, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 871-882Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the design, manufacturing, and assembly of a new laboratory apparatus for investigation of grout filtration tendency and penetrability into rock fractures. The method makes it possible to examine grout samples composed of a wide range of cements and additives/ admixtures with different water-to-solid ratios. The apparatus can be used to investigate the influence of different parameters on grout penetrability. Examples of these parameters include the cement particle size/distribution curves/chemical compositions, and the type and ratio of additives/admixtures that provide a variety of setting/hardening times, and rheological and strength properties. The grouting operation into the rock fractures is replicated using an artificial slot with 4-m-long constrictions varying from 230 to 10 μm, and selective inlet and outlet. The apparatus can also accommodate grouting experiments under both static and dynamic pressure conditions up to 1, 500 kPa to study their influence. Illustrative results are also provided.

  • 41.
    Massarsch, Rainer
    et al.
    Geo Risk & Vibration Scandinavia.
    Wersäll, Carl
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Vibrationspåverkan från tågtrafik på pålgrundlagd byggnad2017In: Bygg & teknik, no 1, p. 15-20Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 42.
    Deckner, Fanny
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Viking, Kenneth
    Trafikverket.
    Hintze, Staffan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
    Wave patterns in the ground: case studies related to vibratory sheet pile driving2017In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, ISSN 0960-3182, E-ISSN 1573-1529Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vibrations due to pile and sheet pile driving are known to cause discomfort for people, aswell as damage to nearby buildings and structures. To enable prediction of ground vibration levels itis important to acknowledge the wave patterns induced in the ground to correctly determine whichattenuation model to adopt. This paper presents wave patterns in the ground due to vibratory sheetpile driving based on field measurements from three case studies. The results show different wavepatterns in the ground. At the ground surface the wave patterns are elliptical, resembling Rayleighwaves. At depth in the soil the wave patterns are instead strongly polarized in different directions,indicating the presence of P- and S-waves. Moreover, wave patterns tend to become more irregularwith increasing distance from the source. This paper contributes to an improved understanding ofwave patterns in the ground during vibratory sheet pile driving, forming a platform for thedevelopment of a reliable prediction model.

  • 43.
    Spross, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    When is the observational method in geotechnical engineering favourable?2017In: Structural Safety, ISSN 0167-4730, E-ISSN 1879-3355, Vol. 66, p. 17-26Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The observational method in geotechnical engineering is an acceptable verification method for limit states in Eurocode 7, but the method is rarely used despite its potential savings. Some reasons may be its unclear safety definition and the lack of guidelines on how to establish whether the observational method is more favourable than conventional design. In this paper, we challenge these issues by introducing a reliability con­straint on the observational method and propose a probabilistic optimi­sation methodology that aids the decision-making engineer in choosing between the observational method and conventional design. The method­ology suggests an optimal design after comparing the expected utilities of the considered design options. The methodology is illustrated with a practical example, in which a geotechnical engineer evaluates whether the observational method may be favourable in the design of a rock pillar. We conclude that the methodology may prove to be a valuable tool for deci­sion-making engineers’ everyday work with managing risks in geotech­nical projects.

  • 44.
    Nejad Ghafar, Ali
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Mentesidis, Anastasios
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Draganovic, Almir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    An Experimental Approach to the Development of Dynamic Pressure to Improve Grout Spread2016In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISSN 0723-2632, E-ISSN 1434-453X, Vol. 49, no 9, p. 3709-3721Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dynamic grouting is one of the methods to improve grout spread in rock that have been investigated since 1985. The results were promising, but all tests were performed under noticeable simplifications related to conditions in rock fractures. This study is an experimental approach to improve the grout spread using low-frequency instantaneous variable pressure as a new alternative with better control of filtration. The method is tested through parallel plates with constrictions of 30 and 43 µm under the applied pressures with 4 s/8 s and 2 s/2 s peak/rest periods. The results reveal conclusively the effectiveness of the method and provide a basis for further development of dynamic grouting.

  • 45.
    Shahri, Abbas Abbaszadeh
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics. Islamic Azad Univ.
    Assessment and Prediction of Liquefaction Potential Using Different Artificial Neural Network Models: A Case Study2016In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, ISSN 0960-3182, E-ISSN 1573-1529, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 807-815Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Soil liquefaction as a transformation of granular material from solid to liquid state is a type of ground failure commonly associated with moderate to large earthquakes and refers to the loss of strength in saturated, cohesionless soils due to the build-up of pore water pressures and reduction of the effective stress during dynamic loading. In this paper, assessment and prediction of liquefaction potential of soils subjected to earthquake using two different artificial neural network models based on mechanical and geotechnical related parameters (model A) and earthquake related parameters (model B) have been proposed. In model A the depth, unit weight, SPT-N value, shear wave velocity, soil type and fine contents and in model B the depth, stress reduction factor, cyclic stress ratio, cyclic resistance ratio, pore pressure, total and effective vertical stress were considered as network inputs. Among the numerous tested models, the 6-4-4-2-1 structure correspond to model A and 7-5-4-6-1 for model B due to minimum network root mean square errors were selected as optimized network architecture models in this study. The performance of the network models were controlled approved and evaluated using several statistical criteria, regression analysis as well as detailed comparison with known accepted procedures. The results represented that the model A satisfied almost all the employed criteria and showed better performance than model B. The sensitivity analysis in this study showed that depth, shear wave velocity and SPT-N value for model A and cyclic resistance ratio, cyclic stress ratio and effective vertical stress for model B are the three most effective parameters on liquefaction potential analysis. Moreover, the calculated absolute error for model A represented better performance than model B. The reasonable agreement of network output in comparison with the results from previously accepted methods indicate satisfactory network performance for prediction of liquefaction potential analysis.

  • 46.
    Ignat, Razvan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Baker, Sadek
    Skanska Sverige AB.
    Liedberg, Sven
    Skanska Sverige AB.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Behavior of braced excavation supported by panels of deep mixing columns2016In: Canadian geotechnical journal (Print), ISSN 0008-3674, E-ISSN 1208-6010, Vol. 53, no 10, p. 1671-1687Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes the instrumentation, execution and performance of two full-scale tests where a braced steel sheet pile wall interacting with rows of overlapping dry deep mixing columns was excavated and then loaded to failure. The purpose of these tests was to provide knowledge of the behavior of deep mixing column rows located in passive zone and interacting with a retaining structure. Both tests were extensively instrumented on the active as well as on the passive side of the retaining structure. In both conducted tests a stability failure of the retaining structure occurred, resulting in heave at the bottom of the excavation and large settlements of the ground surface behind the sheet pile wall. For a spacing between LC-panels of 3.0 m a very brittle failure developed suddenly in the clay between the panels with small deformations prior to failure. In the second test, with a spacing of 1.5 m between LC-panels, the failure developed in the LC-panels as well as in the clay between the panels. Even if a similar failure mechanism developed, measured horizontal displacements, horizontal stresses, and pore pressure response prior to failure differed between the tests.

  • 47.
    Lingwanda, Mwajuma
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Prästings, Anders
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Nyaoro, Dalmas L.
    Comparison of geotechnical uncertainties linked to different soil characterization methods2016In: Geomechanics and Geoengineering, ISSN 1748-6025, E-ISSN 1748-6033, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One of the essential inputs in settlement prediction models is the soil modulus, which may be obtained from laboratory tests or estimated from in situ measurements. The total uncertainty in predicting the confined modulus of a sandy soil is quantified with data from side-by-side in situ testing using the standard penetration test, the static cone penetration test, the light dynamic probing and the laboratory oedometer test. To estimate transformation errors, correlations are proposed between in situ and laboratory data. The results indicate that similar magnitudes of total uncertainties are associated with the in situ methods, which are approximately twice as high as those from the direct oedometer method. The quantified uncertainties are an important input for reliability-based designs of foundations under similar soil conditions.

  • 48.
    Bjurström, Henrik
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Rydén, Nils
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Detecting the thickness mode frequency in a concrete plate using backward wave propagation2016In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 139, no 2, p. 649-657Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Material stiffness and plate thickness are the two key parameters when performing quality assurance/quality control on pavement structures. In order to estimate the plate thickness non-destructively, theImpact Echo (IE) method can be utilized to extract the thickness resonance frequency. An alternativeto IE for estimating the thickness resonance frequency of a concrete plate, and to subsequently enablethickness determination, is presented in this paper. The thickness resonance is often revealed as asharp peak in the frequency spectrum when contact receivers are used in seismic testing. Due to a lowsignal-to-noise ratio, IE is not ideal when using non-contact microphone receivers. In studying thecomplex Lamb wave dispersion curves at a frequency infinitesimally higher than the thickness frequency,it is seen that two counter-directed waves occur at the same frequency but with phase velocitiesin opposite directions. Results show that it is possible to detect the wave traveling with anegative phase velocity using both accelerometers and air-coupled microphones as receivers. Thisalternative technique can possibly be used in non-contact scanning measurements based on aircoupled microphones.

  • 49.
    Dinegdae, Yared H.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Birgisson, Björn
    Aston University, UK.
    Effects of truck traffic on top-down fatigue cracking performance of flexible pavements using a new mechanics-based analysis framework2016In: International Journal on Road Materials and Pavement Design, ISSN 1468-0629, E-ISSN 2164-7402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mechanics-based analysis framework predicts top-down fatigue cracking initiation timein asphalt concrete pavements by utilising fracture mechanics and mixture morphology-basedproperty. To reduce the level of complexity involved, traffic data were characterised and incorporatedinto the framework using the equivalent single axle load (ESAL) approach. There isa concern that this kind of simplistic traffic characterisation might result in erroneous performancepredictions and pavement structural designs. This paper integrates axle load spectraand other traffic characterisation parameters into the mechanics-based analysis framework andstudies the impact these traffic characterisation parameters have on predicted fatigue crackingperformance. The traffic characterisation inputs studied are traffic growth rate, axle load spectra,lateral wheel wander and volume adjustment factors. For this purpose, a traffic integrationapproach which incorporates Monte Carlo simulation and representative traffic characterisationinputs was developed. The significance of these traffic characterisation parameters wasestablished by evaluating a number of field pavement sections. It is evident from the resultsthat all the traffic characterisation parameters except truck wheel wander have been observedto have significant influence on predicted top-down fatigue cracking performance.

  • 50.
    Nejad Ghafar, Ali
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Mentesidis, Anastasios
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Draganovic, Almir
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Larsson, Stefan
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Soil and Rock Mechanics.
    Ett nytt sätt att förbättra inträngnigs egenskaperna hos cementbaserat injekteringsbruk med momentant varierande tryck2016In: Bygg & teknik, ISSN 0281-658X, no 1, p. 17-22Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Ett mycket viktig moment i samband med undermarksbyggande är tätning av konstruktioner för att hindra vatteninflöde eller ett eventuellt läckage av lagrade material i konstruktionen. Sedan mitten på 1980-talet har man på Kungliga tekniska högskolan (KTH) forskat kring injekteringen av sprickor i berg med varierande tryck för att förbättra inträngningsförmågan av cementbaserade bruk. I tidigare studier har man huvudsakligen undersökt effekten av högfrekventa oscillerande tryck på brukets inträngningsförmåga men den uppnådda förbättringen har visat sig vara relativt begränsad. I ett doktorandprojekt på KTH har vi genomfört en experimentell studie för att undersöka påverkan av istället ett lågfrekvent tryck med en momentan tryckförändering på brukets inträngningsförmåga. Resultaten har visat på en betydande förbättring av inträngningsförmågan hos bruket jämfört med injektering med konstant tryck. Projektet har finansierats av Stiftelsen Bergteknisk Forskning (BeFo), Svenska Byggbranschens Utvecklingsfond (SBUF) och Trafikverket.

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