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Diaphragm wall with tiebacks, SI units

A. Project description

In this example we will design a diaphragm wall supported by tiebacks, supporting a 10 m excavation. Tables 1 and 2 present the soil properties and the stratigraphy respectively. Table 3 presents the external loads. Table 4 presents the wall properties. Table 5 presents the support properties. The general ground elevation is 0 and the general water elevation is -8 m.

Table 1: Soil properties

Name

Soil Type

Φ'

(deg)

c'

(kPa)

Su

(kPa)

γt

(KN/m3)

γdry

(KN/m3)

Kx

(m/sec(

Kz

(m/sec)

Eload

(kPa)

Eur

(kPa)

qskin,u

(kPa)

F

Sand

30

0

-

20

19

0.0001

0.0001

15000

45000

49.7

Clay

Stiff clay

28

0

150

20

19

10-10

10-10

20000

60000

124.8

Table 2: Stratigraphy (Boreholes)

Soil Layer Name

Top Elevation (m)

OCR

Ko

F

0

1

0.5

Clay

-3

1

0.5

Table 3: External loads

Name

Type

Position

(X0,Z0)

(X1,Z1)

Q0 (kPa)

Q1 (kPa)

0

Surcharge

On the ground

(-16,0)

(-11,0)

5

5

1

Surcharge

On the ground

(-10,0)

(-1,0)

3

3

Table 4: Wall properties

Type

Diaphragm (slurry) wall

Concrete

C20/25

Steel

S410

Top Elevation (m)

0

Height (m)

22

Thickness (m)

0.6

Hor. Spacing (m)

1

N of top rebars

6

Top bars #

D25

N of bottom rebars

6

Bottom bars #

D25

Shear reinf. #

-

Shear reinf. hor. Spacing, Sh (cm)

-

Shear reinf. ver. Spacing, Sv (cm)

-

Table 5: Support properties

Name

Type

Elevation on the wall (m)

Angle (deg)

Free length (m)

Fixed length

(m)

Hor. Spacing

(m)

Prestress

(KN)

0

Tieback

-2

20

5

15

3

150

1

Tieback

-5

20

5

15

3

150

2

Tieback

-8

20

5

15

3

150

B. Modeling with DeepEX

B1. Use of DeepEX

Figure 1: Edit soil properties dialog.

Figure 2: Edit soil layers dialog.

Figure 3: Edit wall properties dialog.

Figure 4: Wall data dialog.

Figure 5: Support options.

After drawing the support on the model, the Edit support data dialog appears (i.e. for tieback supports, Figure 6).

Figure 6: Edit support data dialog.

Figure 7: Load options.

After drawing the load on the model, the Edit surcharge dialog appears (i.e. for sitrip surcharges, Figure 8).

Figure 8: Edit distributed load dialog.

Figure 9: Surface options.

Figure10: Water elevation – settings.

With the draw custom water surface tool, we can draw a non-horizontal groundwater table. To do this, select this option and then start clicking the left mouse button from left to right (press enter to complete). To delete the custom water line, move on top in the model and press delete.

The draw a U line tool is used to draw a line of constant pore pressure in the model. This line is only used in slope stability analysis.

The define user water pressures tool launches the dialog for defining custom values of water pressures next to the walls. Please note that in the non-linear engine, two consecutive zero values of water pressure still count in increasing the total vertical stress by γw (see theory manual).

Figure 11: Ground water table.

B2. Example simulation

In DeepEX 2014 we can design our projects using construction stages. After the model is designed, the software calculates each construction stage, reassuring that the model is stable, since the last stage is not always the critical one. Next, we provide the steps in each construction stage, in order to simulate the project in DeepEX.

  1. Define the soil properties

  2. Define the soil layers (stratigraphy)

  3. Define the wall section and wall properties

Figure 12: Model, Stage 0.

  1. Excavate on the right side of the wall to Elevation -2.5

Figure 13: Model, Stage 1.

  1. Apply first tieback support row at elevation -2

Figure 14: Model, Stage 2.

  1. Excavate on the right side of the wall to Elevation -5.5

  1. Apply second row of tiebacks at Elevation -5

  1. Excavate on the right side of the wall to Elevation -8.5

  1. Apply third row of tiebacks at Elevation -8

  1. Excavate on the right side of the wall to Elevation -10 (final excavation level)

  2. Apply surcharges on the left side of the wall

Figure 15: Model, Stage 7.

In DeepEX we can design several design sections in the same model. We can add new design sections as new or as copies of the existing ones, doing several modifications in the model, or just defining different standards, calculation or analysis methods.

  1. Results in DeepEX

Since the model is ready, we can choose to calculate the design section, pressing on the button .

After the analysis is succeeded, the Summary table appears. Table 6 below includes some critical checks and values for each construction stage. Figures 16 to 19 present some graphical results from the results tab of DeepEX.

Table 6: DeepEX critical results/stage

Figure 16: Moment diagrams, Stages 5 and 7 respectively.

Figure 17: Shear diagrams, Stages 6 and 7 respectively.

Figure 18: Wall deflection diagrams, Stages 2 and 5 respectively.

Figure 19: Effective horizontal soil pressures, Stages 1 and 7 respectively.

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