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Tunnel fire safety
Both, C. (2003). Tunnel fire safety. Heron 48(1): 3-16
In: Heron. Stevin-Laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology: Delft. ISSN 0046-7316, more

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    Fire prevention; Tunnels; ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Both, C.

    In forthcoming years, public and private transport in Europe requires large investments in infrastructural works. A significant part of the infra-structural works wil consist of tunnels and other underground structures. Such structures have specific safety aspects. The safety of underground structures such as tunnels, is a point of increasing concern, both in Europe and elsewhere. Main reason is the increasing road and rail trafic and increasing tunnel lengths. New innovative safety measures have to be defined to avoid an increasing incident frequency in tunnels and to avoid increasing consequences of the incidents both in terms of causalities and material damage, including traffic obstruction. This paper briefly reviews the various aspects involved in the assessment of the structural integrity. Results of extensive research into three major infra-structural works are be presented: the fire safety of the tunnels in the High Speed Link, Betuweroute and the Western Scheld tunnel in the netherlands.

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