Harefield to Southall Gas Pipeline

Project Name:   Harefield to Southall Gas Pipeline

Location: Middlesex, UK

Application: Precast Segmental Tunnel Lining

The Harefield to Southall Gas Pipeline is a 27 bar, 18.5 km gas pipeline in Middlesex, UK, commissioned by National Grid to meet rising gas demands in West London. This included a 900m long TBM driven tunnel through London Blue Clay, approximately 21 m below ground level with a precast fibre reinforced segmental lining.

The lining was a wedge block lining made up of seven (7) segments and one (1) key. The ring had an ID of 2.59 m and each segment was 180 mm in thickness by 1.0 m width. The concrete was specified at 45MPa.
The lining was comprehensively designed and checked using the Finite Element Analysis modelling program ATENA.

Segments were produced at a local precast factory where synthetic fibre was mixed into the concrete then poured into vertical moulds. The initial segments were preassembled at the plant to form a trial ring to ensure that the correct tolerances were achieved. The segments were then horizontally stacked and trucked to site.

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Author:  Geoff Sedgman: gsedgman@elastoplastic.com

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