Slurry Clogging Criteria for Slurry Shield Tunnelling in Highly Permeable Ground

Young Moo Ryu, Young Sam Kwon, Tae Hwan Kim, In Mo Lee

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When tunnelling using a slurry shield tunnel boring machine (slurry shield TBM), the tunnel face stability is significantly influenced by the filter cake formation during slurry injection to the chamber. In order to study slurry penetration behavior in highly permeable ground, comprehensive slurry injection tests were performed by varying the particle size distribution of the ground, the bentonite content and viscosity, and the slurry injection pressure. According to the results of these tests, the slurry penetration behavior could be classified into three types: Type A, denoting negligible slurry penetration; Type C, denoting excessive penetration; and Type B, denoting in-between penetration. Slurry clogging criteria (SCC) were proposed to classify these three types. The main superiority of the proposed SCC is that it can consider the grain size distribution of the ground, the characteristics of the slurry, and the slurry injection pressure together when assessing the penetration characteristics. The SCC value can either be obtained by performing a simple slurry penetration test; or it can be theoretically estimated by using the regression equation proposed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
JournalKSCE Journal of Civil Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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  • clogging
  • penetration
  • shield TBM
  • slurry
  • tunnel face stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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