National Buried Infrastructure Facility


Birmingham

Purpose

This facility will enable assessment of fully-instrumented buried pipes, culverts, shallow tunnels, barrier walls and other structures at or near full scale. The refurbished Transient Railway Aerodynamics INvestigation (TRAIN) rig will facilitate research into air pollution, pressure transients and sonic booms in tunnels. The aim is to deliver lower costs, greater reliability and more value to citizens. It will also develop a better understanding of the interdependencies between buried infrastructure and linear infrastructure.


Facilities

Proposed National Buried Infrastructure Facility (image courtesy of AssociatedArchitects)

Proposed National Buried Infrastructure Facility (image courtesy of AssociatedArchitects)

A major new building (1800m² occupying a total space of ~3000m²) on the Edgbaston campus will house

  • a 25m x 10m x 5m deep test pit for testing soils and buried infrastructure at full-scale or near full-scale
  • material storage and test assembly areas
  • pipeline and small-scale structure testing rigs, material characterisation facilities
  • a visualisation suite and knowledge transfer centre

The University of Birmingham’s TRAIN Rig Facility will be upgraded to research train aerodynamics, in particular in tunnels