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A true 3D physical model test study on the stability of an underground cavern group in Shuangjiangkou Hydropower Station
Author(s): Weishen Zhu; Lei Zhang; Yong Li; Qianbing Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Taking the underground caverns of Shuangjiangkou (SJK) Hydropower Station as an engineering background, a largescale true 3D physical model test is performed to study the stability of the enclosing rock masses, including the analogous material, the steel structure frame, fabrications of rock bolts and cables, development of the measuring techniques, fabrication of the physical model, excavations and the overload test. The developed steel structure can simulate the complicated circumstances just like high in-situ stress and high overburden depth. It also can apply the true 3D loading on six surfaces of the physical model. Many combinational ball sliding blocks are installed between model surface and the structural wall to reduce the friction between the contact surfaces. During the model construction, precast blocks are used and monitoring holes are predefined before the analogous material is piled up. A unique grouting technique and prestressed cables are adopted in the model test. A digital photogrammetric technique, displacement sensing bars based on Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) technology, and mini extensometers are developed and adopted for measuring the deformation in the process of excavations. The overload tests are accomplished under the conditions of different overburden depths. The results of this research will make certain guiding significance to the practical engineering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7522, Fourth International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, 75224K (15 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849631
Show Author Affiliations
Weishen Zhu, Shandong Univ. (China)
Lei Zhang, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yong Li, Shandong Univ. (China)
Qianbing Zhang, Shandong Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7522:
Fourth International Conference on Experimental Mechanics
Chenggen Quan; Kemao Qian; Anand Krishna Asundi; Fook Siong Chau, Editor(s)

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