42065 Tunnel Boring Machines and Trenchless Technologies6cp; block lectures (Autumn or Spring session) 13hpw x 3wks
Requisite(s): 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Degree owned by FEIT OR 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Honours Embedded Degree owned by FEIT OR 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Degree owned by FEIT OR 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Honours Degree owned by FEIT OR 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Degree co-owned by FEIT OR 120 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Honours Degree co-owned by FEIT
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Engineering Geology, Soil Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and Geotechnical Engineering
Fields of practice: Tunnelling and Underground Engineering program
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
This subject provides an overview and history of tunnel boring machines (TBMs), types of TBMs and TBM cutting tools, the role of TBMs in various tunnel excavation methods in hard and soft grounds and difficult ground conditions, tunnel support during excavation by TBM, tunnel lining, chemicals, and grouts for TBM tunnelling, constraints of urban tunnelling and cutter wear prognosis are discussed and studied.
The second part of this subject provides an overview of small infrastructure and trenchless technologies for gas, water, and sewer pipes, electrical cables and ducts, different types of trenchless techniques, depending on the geology and geotechnics, boring techniques and bore fluids, equipment selection, potential problems in microtunneling, review of renovation of existing pipelines, and new development trends and techniques in trenchless technology.
Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus
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