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Vibrations Induced by Mechanical Rock Excavation on R.C. Buildings in an Urban Area

Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Technical University of Bari, via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Buildings 2021, 11(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010015
Received: 30 November 2020 / Revised: 24 December 2020 / Accepted: 28 December 2020 / Published: 31 December 2020
The paper describes the numerical approach adopted to investigate the effects of vibrations induced on reinforced concrete (R.C.) buildings by the excavation works needed to bury an existing railway line crossing an urban area in the south of Italy. The construction works are carried out in dolomitic rocks, characterized by a high resistance to excavation. Therefore, they may have a great impact on the surrounding environment in terms of induced vibrations. The study is conducted through an uncoupled approach, investigating the dynamic response of the geotechnical system and the above-surface structure, separately. The impulse force equivalent to the dynamic action of a breaker hammer is used as input motion for 2D finite element (FE) geotechnical simulations of the wave propagation process occurring during the excavation. Then, the acceleration time histories obtained from the geotechnical analyses are adopted to study the dynamic performance of an “index” R.C. building, representing the most recurrent structural typology in the examined area, through a 3D FE model. The results show how the adoption of a mitigation strategy consisting in the execution of a preliminary vertical cut followed by a rock crushing treatment allows to significantly reduce the vibrations induced by the excavation processes on existing buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction-induced vibrations; FE modelling; uncoupled approach; dynamic analysis construction-induced vibrations; FE modelling; uncoupled approach; dynamic analysis
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Leggieri, V.; di Lernia, A.; Elia, G.; Raffaele, D.; Uva, G. Vibrations Induced by Mechanical Rock Excavation on R.C. Buildings in an Urban Area. Buildings 2021, 11, 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010015

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Leggieri V, di Lernia A, Elia G, Raffaele D, Uva G. Vibrations Induced by Mechanical Rock Excavation on R.C. Buildings in an Urban Area. Buildings. 2021; 11(1):15. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010015

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Leggieri, Valeria; di Lernia, Annamaria; Elia, Gaetano; Raffaele, Domenico; Uva, Giuseppina. 2021. "Vibrations Induced by Mechanical Rock Excavation on R.C. Buildings in an Urban Area" Buildings 11, no. 1: 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010015

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