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Impact Mitigation for Buried Structures: Demolition of the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Pawel Woelke, Margaret Tang, Scott McClennan, Najib Abboud, Darren Tennant, Adam Hapij, Mohammed Ettouney

 Weidlinger Associates, Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 131(3), 035002 (Apr 17, 2009) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3109979 History: Received January 07, 2008; Revised August 06, 2008; Published April 17, 2009

We present an overview of the analysis and design of mitigation schemes for buried structures subjected to impact loading, with a focus on the hazard evaluation to underground utilities from the demolition by implosion of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, CT. We discuss the analytical and numerical investigations validated by field testing conducted prior to the implosion and leading to the design of the mitigation schemes aimed at protecting the utilities buried under ground. All the designed and constructed mitigation schemes proved successful during the January 2007 implosion of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Copyright © 2009 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Figure 1

Direct impact location

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Figure 2

A cross section of the demolished structure and the demolition site

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Figure 3

Soil validation model

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Figure 4

Typical finite-element model for typical cross section: a=10 ft, 4 in., b=25 ft, 1 in., and c=41 ft

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Figure 5

Typical finite-element model with 10 ft berm: a=10 ft, 4 in., b=25 ft, 1 in., and c=41 ft

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Typical finite-element model with trench: a=10 ft, 4 in., b=25 ft, 1 in., and c=41 ft

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Figure 7

Schematic of temporary bridge design

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Figure 8

Finite element model for temporary bridge design

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Figure 9

Peak particle velocity contour for soil response under proposed temporary bridge solution

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Figure 10

Comparison of pre-event numerical predictions and actual results of the implosion–bridge impact



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