Numerical analysis to determine the impact of land subsidence on high-speed railway routes in Beijing, China
- 1Beijing Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Beijing, China
- 2School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China
- 3Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Abstract. More than 10 high-speed railway routes with top speeds of 300 km h−1 are expected to be operational from Beijing by the year 2020. However, the safety of these routes is affected by the occurrence of land subsidence. This paper focuses on the Beijing–Tianjin Intercity High-Speed Railway (BTR), the first high-speed railway in China, to analyze the operational safety of high-speed railway routes by analyzing both regional land subsidence and local differential subsidence caused by groundwater drawing. The Beijing construction stratum is mainly composed of cohesive soil, and the BTR has a maximum accumulative subsidence of > 800 mm and a maximum subsidence rate of > 80 mm a−1. In this paper, finite-element software ABAQUS is used to analyze groundwater drawdown and land subsidence caused by local water drawing, and its effect on the bearing capacity of railway bridge pile foundations and the orbit concrete supporting course. The analysis provides a technical basis for developing prevention and control engineering measures against land subsidence so as to guarantee the safe operation of these high-speed railway routes.