KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 23, Issue 12, pp 5215–5225 | Cite as

Arching Effect between the Pipes of a Pipe Umbrella Support System in a Shallow-Buried Tunnel

  • Chao Yang
  • Yanhua Chen
  • Da HuangEmail author
  • Lehua Wang
Tunnel Engineering


The pipe umbrella is one of the most commonly used prereinforcement techniques in tunnel construction. Current theoretical analyses of the pipe umbrella support mechanism are primarily based on the elastic foundation beam principle, whereby only a single pipe is concerned, and the interactions among pipes are ignored. In this study, a double-parameter elastic foundation beam theory-based model was established with consideration of the arching effect between two pipes. The model can simulate the support mechanism of the pipe umbrella system in shallow-buried tunnels. The support mechanisms of a pipe umbrella system installed in a rectangular tunnel and an arched tunnel were investigated. In the two cases, the arching effect and a single pipe were considered. The results indicate that the arching effect leads to larger pipe deflection and internal forces than considering a single pipe. The influences of the diameter of a single pipe, the distance between two pipes and the shear parameters of the surrounding rock on the pipe deflection and the arching effect are discussed. In addition, the proposed model was validated by the in situ monitoring results.


shallow-buried tunnel pipe umbrella support arching effect mechanics elastic foundation beam model 


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This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 41602301 and 51679128); the Open Fund of Key Laboratory of Geological Hazards on Three Gorges Reservoir Area (China Three Gorges University), Ministry of Education (2017KDZ13 and 2015KDZ17); the Open Fund of China Three Gorges University (1803-7).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Geological Hazards on Three Gorges Reservoir Area, Ministry of EducationChina Three Gorges UniversityYichangChina
  2. 2.School of Civil and Transportation EngineeringHebei University of TechnologyTianjinChina

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