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Engineering and Construction
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Channel Tunnel Order No. 745930 Table of contents 1. Introduction 2. Structural Design 3. Foundation Design 4. Others Introduction In 1985, the Euro Tunnel was part of a competition and had won the first place for its spectacular design genius. The Euro Tunnel (ET) is a bi-national company comprising of Channel Tunnel Group (UK) and its owner and chief operator of the project France Manche S.A (FR) The Euro Tunnel comprises of 3 tunnels i.e.
The Transmanche Link (TML) is the contractor who is responsible for the Channel Tunnel design, construction and commissionioning of the project. Design of the Channel Tunnel The design scale was massive and highly intricate and hence it was categorized into five divisions – a) System throughput b) Performance of shuttle trains c) Environment d) Safety and passenger evacuation e) Scenarios and operational procedures The design of the Channel Tunnel included four phases: 1. Development Study 2. Outline Design APS) 3. Definitive Design (APD) 4. Detailed Design (PEO) The design of the project was so intricate and diverse with a huge volume of work and specialties involved that sub-contracts making use of the expertise of major independent companies were accepted. Design teams such as BETU (Tunnel design office) and BETER (Terminal design office) contributed their expertise. 1. Structural design a) The Service Tunnel The Service Tunnel Transportation is designed with 24 rubber-tyred vehicles rolling along at top speed of 80 kph that is electronically guided by cables that are embedded but allows for the maintenance of permanent equipment. These shuttles are 650m in length having a single deck. ...
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