Multifactorial fuzzy approach to the penetrability classification of TBM in hard rock conditions

Rate of penetration of a tunnel boring machine in a hard rock environment is generally a key parameter which expresses the ease or difficulty with which the rock mass can be excavated. In this paper, the penetrability of TBM in hard rock conditions was investigated with the developed fuzzy classification system. TBM penetration rate and rock properties (such as Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS), Brazilian Tensile Strength (BTS), rock brittleness/toughness, Average Distance between Planes of Weakness (DPW) and orientation of discontinuities in rock mass) were evaluated by using the multifactorial fuzzy approach which is a special case of multiple objective multifactorial decision making for the penetrability classification of TBM in hard rock conditions. Using the decision function, the penetrating performance of TBM was classified into three categories; Good, Medium and Poor. Eventually, it is possible to evaluate the penetrability and determine the advance rate for new conditions by carrying out the proposed rock properties tests and using the developed fuzzy classification system. (A) Reprinted with permission from Elsevier.

  • Authors:
    • MIKAEIL, R
    • NAGHADEEHI, M Z
    • SERESHKI, F
  • Publication Date: 2009-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01146981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:35AM