Submerg floating tunnel

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Presented by:-MOHAMMED AZIM ALI
CONTENTS.
 INTRODUCTION
 CONCEPT OF SUBMERGED FLOATING TUNNEL
 PRINCIPLE
 HOW IS IT CONSTRUCTED ?
 DESIGN
 PRESENT SCENARIO
 NEED FOR SUBMERGE FLOATING TUNNEL
 ESTIMATION
 CONCLUSION.
INTRODUCTION
 Submerged floating tunnel is basically making a
tunnel to float underwater which is balanced by its
buoyancy, self weight and constraint forces resulted
from cable system and thus submerged to a certain
depth underwater.
 It is basically tube like structure floating at some depth
below water surface and fixed against excessive
movements. The tube is designed to accommodate road
and or rail traffic.
What is Submerged Floating Tunnel
 A Submerged Tunnel is a tunnel that floats in water
,supported by its buoyancy (specifically by employing the hydrostatic thrust) .
 The tube is placed underwater ,deep enough to avoid
water traffic and weather ,but not so deep that high
water pressure needs to be dealt with, usually 20m50m(60ft-150ft) is sufficient.
 This allows submerged tunnel approaches to be
shorter and approach gradient to be flatter.
ARCHIMEDES PRINCIPLE
 Any object wholly or partially immersed in an fluid, is
buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid
displaced by the object.
 This means if more surface area exposed to water
surface more are the chances of floating it.
 Ships, submarines, offshore oil rigs etc. work on this
principle.
 Research shows that the buoyancy to weight ratio for
the tunnel to float should be less than one and
between 0.5 to 0.8
How this is constructed
 A trench is dredged in the bed of water channel.
 DREDGING.
Dredging technology has improved considerably
in recent years and it is now possible to remove a wide
variety of material underwater without adverse effects
on the environment of waterway.
Step by step procedure
 Construction of tunnel segments on dry dock.
 Transporting the tunnel segments to their final
places and placing them underwater.
 Joining of different tunnel segments by using rubber
gasket.
 Anchoring the tunnel to the cables.
STEP ONE - PRECASTING
 Huge tunnel sections are constructed on dry dock.
 The procedure consists same as that of precast
construction.
 Dry dock is flooded and the panels are transported to
their respective places.
 Sinking of the panel is controlled by the use of ballast
tank as in case of submarines.
STEP TWO- JOINTS
 After the submersion of different panels in water they
are connected with one another by using a rubber
gasket.
 Another procedure includes trapping of water between
the joints and then removing it afterwards.
STEP THREE - FOUNDATIONS
 The application consists same as that of in caisson
foundation.
 A hollow chamber is penetrated down the sea bed as
shown which evacuates the water trapped inside it by a
valve present on its top surface.
 Such type of foundations are been used for the
offshore oil rig plants.
STEP FOUR - ANCHORING OF CABLES
 After the foundation work is completed the cables are
anchored to the floating tunnel which will avoid its
movement and will place it firmly in alignment.
 This operation can be carried out by divers.
 Finally the tunnel will be in
position and ready to use.
MATERIAL USED:
 As the tunnel is situated at a depth of 30m, it should
be perfectly water tight and secondly it should resist
the salty sea water and thirdly it should withstand
against hydrostatic forces coming on it.
 It is made of 4 layers. Outermost layer is constructed
of aluminium to resist the salty sea water. Second and
third layer is made of the foam to float the tunnel
easily in water. Fourth layer is of concrete which gives
strength to the tunnel.
PRESENT SCENARIO
 A simple submerged tunnel have been used as a means
of transport for about 100 years.
 They are considered to built when the underneath
ground surface is shallow and the tunnel can be
placed directly on sea bed and can be covered by
sand and backfill material so as to avoid their
movement.
NEED FOR SUBMERGED FLOATING
TUNNEL
 A Submerge Floating Tunnel is considered when the
depth of sea or ocean is too deep so that no tunnel or
any solid body could sustain the pressure acting on it
at such a deep level.
 In that case the tunnel is lifted up such as about 30 to
100m deep from the sea surface where the water
pressure is comparatively lower than what is at the
bottom depth.
PARAMETERS OF A SUBMERGE FLOATING
TUNNEL
An Submerged Floating Tunnel basically consists of four
parts
 The tunnel structure which is made of different
segments
 The shore connection structure which connects it to
shores.
 The cable systems which are anchored to the
waterbeds to balance net buoyancy.
 The foundation structure which are constructed at
waterbed to install cable system.
Advantages of Submerged Floating Tunnel
 Allows construction of tunnel in extremely deep water.
 Any type of cross sectional area can be provided since
being prefabricated.
 No obstruction to navigational routes as compared to
conventional bridges since all of the tunnel being
placed underwater.
 Construction activities has less harmful effects on
aquatic life.
 No harmful environmental effects such as fog or storm
since the whole structure is covered and is present inside
the water.
 Low energy consumption due to more gentle gradient.
 Vehicular emission can be collected at one end of the
tunnel thus reducing the air pollution.
 Tremendous speed for trains could be obtained by creating
a vacuum inside the tunnel since it will result in negligible
air resistance.
TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL
 AIM- to join north America to west Europe via a
submerged floating tunnel present in the Atlantic
ocean.
 Will require 54000 prefabricated tunnel segments.
 Use of maglev trains for fast travel.
 Maintaining perfect vacuum to avoid air resistance.
 Could travel from New York to London within 54
minutes with a tremendous speed of 8000km/h.
Estimated cost
CONCLUSION:The submerged floating tunnel will set up new trends in
transportation engineering
The advances in technology that will reduce the time required for
travelling.
The transportation is more effective by hiding the traffic under
water by which the beauty of landscape is maintained and
valuable land is available for other purposes.
Benefits can be obtained with respect to less energy
consumption, air pollution and reduced noise emission.
For wide and deep crossings the submerged floating tunnel may
be the only feasible fix link
New opportunities for improved communication and regional
development.
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