Study on slurry-water gushing during underwater shield tunnel construction

Dajun Yuan*, Qingfei Huang, Atsushi Koizumi, Mengshu Wang

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    The slurry type shield method is the first choice for submarine soft-soil shield tunnel. If the slurry pressure is too high, it may lead to hydraulic fracturing of stratum in front of open face and cause accident of water gushing. The phenomena described as above, including mechanism of fracturing and the influence of slurry pressure on stratum fracturing, are studied. The achieved results show that, as slurry type shield is driven in submarine stratum, it is inevitable for some tiny cracks to exist in the strata, but the phenomena with/without water gushing has close relation with driving parameter, slurry characteristics, stratum characteristics and overburden thickness. Through theoretical analysis and shield model test, a semi-empirical formula of slurry gushing and anti-gushing method is put forward.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2296-2301
    Number of pages6
    JournalYanshilixue Yu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov


    • Cohesive soil stratum
    • Fracture extending speed
    • Hydraulic fracturing
    • Shield model test
    • Slurry type shield
    • Tunnelling engineering

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Soil Science
    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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