Engineering Geology, ( ISI ), Volume (166), No (8), Year (2013-11) , Pages (170-185)

Title : ( Engineering geological investigations of mechanized tunneling in soft ground: A case study, East–West lot of line 7, Tehran Metro, Iran )

Authors: Sadegh Tarigh Azali , Mohammad Ghafoori , Gholam Reza Lashkaripour , Jafar Hassanpour ,

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The essential requirements of a successful TBM tunneling operation are the complete characterization of the ground and the thorough identification of geological and geotechnical risks. These besides other information are needed for selecting the right TBM and determining its technical specifications for proper soil conditioning and for achieving the optimum TBM performance. This paper concentrates on a methodology for engineering geological investigations and geotechnical ground characterization, which is important for successful application of mechanized tunneling methods in soft alluvial sediments along the East–West section of line 7 of the Tehran Metro. Geotechnical considerations related to tunneling with a soft ground TBM are described in detail, including the site investigation program, project-specific soil grouping system, distribution of soil types, geological–geotechnical risks (oversize grains, clogging, soil abrasiveness, fine grain content, permeability and groundwater fluctuation) and the engineering geological subsurface model. The encountered soil materials have been divided into four categories according to physical characteristics and engineering properties. In this study, the characteristics of the ground and the hydrogeological regime indicate that an EPB-TBM is rather a slurry-TBM. Although the engineering geological conditions of the ground along the tunnel are favorable for EPB-TBM, stickiness of fine-grained soils, abrasiveness of soils, existence of coarse-grained soils with low fine content and groundwater fluctuations are the most important risks for applying mechanized tunneling method in this specific project.

Keywords

, Tunnel, Geological hazard, Abrasiveness, Engineering geological investigation,
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author = {Tarigh Azali, Sadegh and Ghafoori, Mohammad and Lashkaripour, Gholam Reza and Jafar Hassanpour},
title = {Engineering geological investigations of mechanized tunneling in soft ground: A case study, East–West lot of line 7, Tehran Metro, Iran},
journal = {Engineering Geology},
year = {2013},
volume = {166},
number = {8},
month = {November},
issn = {0013-7952},
pages = {170--185},
numpages = {15},
keywords = {Tunnel; Geological hazard; Abrasiveness; Engineering geological investigation; EPB-TBM},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Engineering geological investigations of mechanized tunneling in soft ground: A case study, East–West lot of line 7, Tehran Metro, Iran
%A Tarigh Azali, Sadegh
%A Ghafoori, Mohammad
%A Lashkaripour, Gholam Reza
%A Jafar Hassanpour
%J Engineering Geology
%@ 0013-7952
%D 2013

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