Structural Evaluation of Masonry Sewer Pipes Under Transverse Settlement Due to Tunneling


  •   Parsa Heydarpour


The intention of this research is to perform structural evaluation on masonry sanitary sewer pipes impacted by tunnel excavation. Until about 1900, it was common to use several layers of brick to construct municipal sanitary sewer lines, and currently thousands of miles of brick sewer lines are still in service. The construction of new underground facilities inevitably disturbs the soil above and will have an impact on the existing masonry sanitary sewer pipes within the zone of influence of the excavation.  Masonry pipes are typically susceptible to the longitudinal interaction failure mechanism at the hogging zone of the settlement trough due to their low tensile capacity. In this research standard egg-shaped section for brick sewer were subjected to ground settlements obtained using Attewell method. The greenfield condition is assumed to be applicable with homogeneous ground conditions.  The impact of the depth to the tunnel axis and trough width parameter on the settlement trough and associated strains developed in the pipes are subjected to investigation. Tensile strain developed due to axial strain and bending moment are calculated for five different section sizes. Mitigation measures and recommendations are provided

Keywords: Masonry Sanatory Sewer, Longitudinal Interaction Failure Mechanism, Transverse Settlement Due to Tunneling, Empirical Ground Settlement


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Heydarpour, P. 2019. Structural Evaluation of Masonry Sewer Pipes Under Transverse Settlement Due to Tunneling. European Journal of Engineering and Technology Research. 4, 4 (Apr. 2019), 139–143. DOI: