The author gives an account of the general situation in Germany, where the underground railways are the most important area in which tunnelling is being carried out. He lists the main groups of research institutions that work on tunnelling, and their main areas of work. An outline is given of the research subjects for which information is available; these are divided into those which are finished and those that are still underway. Mention is made of individuals and organizations doing the work and publications that are available. Subjects include measuring instruments, tunnel linings, tunnelling machines, tunnelling by means of drilling the blasting, tunnel statics and rock mechanics, and the waterproofing of tunnels. Some of the general aspects of the work which is to be carried out in the near future are discussed; this includes studies of improving rock strength with plastics, the development of a special rock bolt for stress measurement, stress distributions near rock caverns, optical methods for measuring deformation, and safety matters. The author concludes with comments on International Cooperation i Research on Tunnelling and the formation of a German committee for underground construction work.

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    Morgan-Grampian Limited

    30 Calderwood Street
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  • Authors:
    • Girnau, G
  • Publication Date: 1973-11-12

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 549-556
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  • Accession Number: 00080712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1981 12:00AM