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A parameter study of the damaged rock zone around shallow tunnels in brittle rock
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
2006 (English)In: Rock Mechanics in Underground Construction: Proceedings of the ISRM International Symposium 2006 and the 4th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium / [ed] C.F. Leung; Y.X. Zhou, Singapore: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As part of an ongoing study on the mechanical characteristics of the damaged rock zone (DRZ) around underground excavations and its influence on the overall performance of the excavation, a parameter study was carried out using the continuum method of numerical analysis. This assisted in identifying the sensitivity of the parameters tested, thereby laying the groundwork for further numerical investigation. The main parameters investigated include the extent of DRZ, the strength and stiffness of DRZ, and the depth of the excavation. The main quantity used to test the sensitivity of these parameters is the response of induced stresses around the excavation boundary resulting from the variation in these parameters. In the study presented in this paper, typical in-situ stress and rock mass conditions observed for shallow tunnelling projects in Sweden are used. The results clearly demonstrate the effect of DRZ on the excavation as well as the criticality of various parameter combinations. The strength of DRZ although sensitive, is the most complex to define and the tool used in this study to determine the empirical plastic strength components, namely cohesion and friction, is felt to be uncertain.

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Singapore: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society, 2006.
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Mining and Rock Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-29325Local ID: 2c42a780-7278-11dc-86ab-000ea68e967bISBN: 981-270-437-XOAI: diva2:1002548
Asian Rock Mechanics Sympossium : 08/11/2006 - 10/11/2006
Godkänd; 2006; 20071004 (davsai)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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