The article describes the programme of research work being carried out at the tunnels division of structures department, transport and Road Research Laboratory. The present work is considered in four parts - 1) ground properties and information, 2) ground stability and structural design, 3) tunnel construction, and 4) layout, operation and maintenance. Information on this work is tabulated in greater detail. Some examples of work completed include the full-scale tunnelling trials in chalk held at chinnor and the development of a telemetry system for measuring the forces acting on tunnelling head cutting tools. Other work includes measurement of settlement and ground movements in existing tunnel systems in London, Liverpool and Tyneside, as well as investigations into the behaviour of tunnel linings in soft ground. It is concluded that tunnelling research should be based on the necessities of the industry and directed towards providing underground constructions as part of integrated transport systems designed to enhance the environment. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Foundation Publications Limited

    7 Ongar Road
    Brentwood CM15 9AU, Essex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • O'REILLY, M P
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 14-17
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134378
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM