Chapter 14. Design and Manufacture of Ceramicsteel Tunnel Ceiling Panels

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. Cullen L. Hackler1,
  2. Richard A. Holmes2 and
  3. Leo Gypen3

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314975.ch14

Proceedings of the 58th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 17, Issue 5

Proceedings of the 58th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 17, Issue 5

How to Cite

Hackler, C. L., Holmes, R. A. and Gypen, L. (1996) Design and Manufacture of Ceramicsteel Tunnel Ceiling Panels, in Proceedings of the 58th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 17, Issue 5 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314975.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Alliance International Group, Norcross, Georgia

  2. 2

    AIA, Alliance America, Norcross, Georgia

  3. 3

    Alliance Europe, Genk, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1996

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375457

Online ISBN: 9780470314975

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Keywords:

  • ceramicsteel;
  • tunnel ceiling;
  • sealants;
  • cleaning solution;
  • porcelain enameling

Summary

Engineering a vehicular tunnel ceiling system to meet required structural loads and offer aesthetic durability in a harsh environment has been accomplished with a novel design involving large Ceramicsteel laminated panels. Several technologies, including porcelain enameling (steel and aluminum), prefabricating (metal), precasting (concrete), using adhesives (lamination), and applying sealants (silicone) were carefully integrated. System design criteria for panels, for example, initial vehicle traffic and structural loads, seismic and other safety considerations, surface appearance (color, gloss, flatness, and size tolerances), and durability (salt watel, diesel exhaust, cleaning solution, and abrasion by brushes) are treated. This paper discusses the engineering and manufacture of over 22 000 panels, typically weighing 800 lb each, that are now installed in Boston's 1.5-mi Central Artery (Ted Williams) Tunnel.