Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

EQUIPMENT FOR MODELLING SUBSIDENCE

CDEI UPC & CITCEA UPC have developed a new subsidence modelling equipment that can measure the temperature and pressure on the cut edge and apply high pressures and cutting speeds to an analysed sample of land. This will reveal in greater detail the characteristics of land that is prone to subsidence, in order to avoid building on such sites or in surrounding areas. In the long-term, the equipment can help to reduce the material and human damage caused by constructing buildings and public works on unstable land. The equipment will enable experimentation with the thermal-hydraulic-mechanical model created in the UPC’s ETCG, and will help to validate a theory to predict the appearance of rapid subsidence.