Strengthening of a City Center Tunnel with Concrete Screw Anchors under Special Boundary Conditions

Robert HertleJohannes Lechner


The Altstadtring-Tunnel is one of the essential east-west traffic routes in the city center of Munich and was constructed in the late 1960s. Segment 34 of the tunnel was built directly underneath the existing Prince-Carl- Palais, a historic building from 1804. Therefore 15 pre-stressed concrete girders with an effective depth of 3.5 m and a maximum span of up to 30 m were built which now form the tunnel roof slab. These girders were pre-stressed with steel nowadays well known for stress corrosion cracking. A recalculation of the slab showed that no ductile failure can be guaranteed in case of a progressive rupture of the tendons. Therefore, a concept for strengthening the slab was developed using concrete screw anchors as post installed bending and shear reinforcement. The concrete screw anchors are normally installed as anchoring elements in cracked and non- cracked concrete and are available with diameters up to 22 mm. Developing this concept further, it is straight forward to use these anchoring elements as post-installed reinforcement in existing concrete structures. This new strengthening system was developed at the University of Innsbruck in the last few years and can fulfill the special requirements of this project, such...Continue Reading

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