Time-Dependent Effects On Vertical Shafts Used In Micro-Tunneling applications In Queenston Shale

Micro-tunneling technique is considered a feasible means to construct pipelines and tunnels in different types of ground including Queenston shale. However, this shale exhibits time-dependent deformation behavior, generally known as the rock swelling which produces additional stresses on underground structures. These stresses may exceed the allowable tensile or compressive strength of concrete of the pipeline or the tunnel liner, which in-turn may result in
cracks in these structures. It is suggested here to investigate induced stresses on vertical shafts constructed in swelling rock and their impact on the stability of these shafts. A numerical analysis approach is proposed to calculate induced stresses on vertical shafts used in micro-tunneling applications. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Hesham El Naggar


Hayder Al-Maamori


Ward & Burke Microtunnelling Ltd.


Engineering - civil


Alternative energy


Western University



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