Tunnel Fire Project


Students: Nan Hua, PhD

Project description

Major tunnel fires can have catastrophic consequences, including loss of life, property damage, and service disruptions. The objective of this project is to establish fire damage to reinforced concrete tunnel liners using numerical modeling and experimental testing. Researchers at UB performed large-scale furnace testing as well as finite element modeling to test and simulate the effects of fire scenario, soil conditions, etc. on the fire performance of tunnel liners. The outcomes of this project can be used to develop guidelines for the design of fire protection systems to improve the serviceability of concrete lining and resilience of a tunnel structure.

This project is funded by the Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE), Region II University Transportation Center. The project team includes fire engineer Negar Elhami-Khorasani, geotechnical engineer Anthony Tessari, and their PhD student Nan Hua.

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Nan Hua won the SEAS Dean's Graduate Achievement Award in 2021 for work associated with this project.