An Experimental Study on Shield TBM Tunnel Face Stability in Soft Ground

연약지반에서의 쉴드 TBM 굴착시 막장면 안정성 평가를 위한 실험적 연구

  • Received : 2012.10.04
  • Accepted : 2013.01.31
  • Published : 2013.02.28


In this study, we carried out an experimental shield TBM excavation model test using a down-scale device in soft clay, to understand tunnel-face stability properties in relation to changes in slurry pressure. We performed five tests according to tunnel depth (0.5D, 0.75D, 1.0D, 1.25D, 1.5D), and compared theoretical tunnel-face pressure with model test results. The range in theoretical tunnel-face slurry pressure ($P_{min}{\leq}P_{slurry\;pressure}{\leq}P_{max}$), which is determined by earth pressure and water level, was very similar to the model test result. This result was due to the more isotropic condition of the soft clay ground, than of rocky ground.


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