Contribution to hierarchical modeling in tunnel design practice
AbstractThis work presents a comparative analysis between two model hierarchies commonly applied in tunnel structural design: continuum ground models and bedded-beam models. Firstly, the main characteristics of each model and the interfaces between them are discussed. Based on those evaluations a simple procedure is proposed for determining the bedded-beam model imposed loads which lead to results compatible to those of a given continuum model. Said procedure is then explored to estimate simplified compatibilization loads for basic and illustrative cases, where a reasonable compatibilization was achieved for a relatively simple applied load.