Hyundai E&C Patented TBM Technology thinks about noise, vibration, and environment
A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is an automated machine used to excavate tunnels, lay down wall segments and dump soil and rock. The key advantage of using TBM is that it limits the disturbance to the surrounding area, such as noise and vibration. There are also some environmental benefits. Hyundai E&C is regarded as a technology leader in the use of TBM in its tunneling work. It has successfully completed a number of tunneling projects using TBM both in South Korea and overseas and has also tested some equipment that is the first of its kind in the world.
[ Using TBMs in NS3 section of the North-South transmission cable tunnel project ]
Hyundai E&C’s four patents related to TBM
① Testing a Rotary Cutting Machine
The equipment is designed to cut through rock strata by mimicking the operating mechanism of TBM tunneling. Digging performance is tested over several tens of times on 40cm-thick rock samples which are 1.6m wide and 1.6m tall. The load and spacing of cutters were carefully measured to achieve an optimal design, which has since been patented.
② New Abrasion Tester
This is a test device created to measure the disc cutter wear of a TBM. It can predict when the cutter will need to be replaced and the positions and digging speed of TBM within a 4% margin of error.
③ Micro Earth Pressure Balance(EPB) TBM
The test equipment is a 1:10 scaled-down version of an EPB TBM. It is capable of simulating different digging modes on the actual TBM as well as foam injection, which allows estimation of key digging operation factors such as load, torque, and the chamber pressure of the TBM.
④ Soil Abrasion Penetration Tester
The simulation device recreates TBM’s digging mechanism through soil strata. Technologies to test TBM’s digging speed, cutter wear assessment and to measure the shear strength of released soil were each patented.
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