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TitleBack analysis of geomechanical parameters in underground works using an evolution strategy algorithm
Author(s)Moreira, Nuno Ricardo Vilaça
Miranda, Tiago F. S.
Pinheiro, Marisa Mota
Fernandes, Pedro Miguel Gomes
Dias, Daniel
Costa, L.
Sena-Cruz, José
KeywordsUnderground structures
Geomechanical parameters
Evolution Strategy algorithm
Issue dateJan-2013
JournalTunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Abstract(s)The purpose of this work is to evaluate the performance of an optimization algorithm from the field of evolutionary computation, namely an Evolution Strategy, in back analysis of geomechanical parameters in underground structures. This analysis was carried out through a parametric study of a synthetic case of a tunnel construction. Different combinations of parameters and measurements were carried out to test the performance of the algorithm. In order to have a comparison base for its performance also three classical optimization algorithms based on the gradient of the error function and a Genetic Algorithm were used. It was concluded that the Evolution Strategy algorithm presents interesting capabilities in terms of robustness and efficiency allowing the mitigation of some of the limitations of the classical algorithms. Moreover a back analysis study of geomechanical parameters using real monitoring data and a 3D numerical model of a hydraulic underground structure being built in the North of Portugal was performed using the Evolution Strategy algorithm, in order to reduce the uncertainties about the parameters evaluated by in situ and laboratory tests. It was verified that the low quantity of monitoring data available hinders the possibility to identify the parameters of interest. The existence of information of only one additional extensometer perpendicular to the existing one would allow this identification to succeed.
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