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    Volume 47, Issue 2 (March 2019)

    Evaluation of Cutting Tool Wear of Earth Pressure Balance Shield in Granular Soil Based on Laboratory Test

    (Received 11 June 2018; accepted 23 August 2018)

    Published Online: 2019

    CODEN: JTEVAB

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    Abstract

    Cutting tool wear is a critical problem for tunneling in soft ground with the earth pressure balance shield. In this study, a cutting tool tester was developed in the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, and a series of tool wear tests were conducted to investigate the characteristics of tool wear in granular soils. The characteristics of cutting tool wear can be quantitatively assessed through the ratio (M0 − M)/M0 (i.e., tool wear rate, %; M0 and M are the mass of the tested blocks before and after the wear test, respectively). The effects of five important factors, including mineralogy, moisture, soil conditioner, test time, and sand content, on tool wear were considered in various test conditions. According to the primary test results, it is observed that (1) high soil hardness produced significantly higher tool wear than low soil hardness in dry condition; (2) with increasing water content, the tool wear gradually increased to a maximum value and then decreased; (3) the foam conditioner mixed in sandy gravel reduced the tool wear dramatically regardless of the cutting tool material, e.g., cemented carbide and Q235 steel; (4) the tool wear increased with the test time in the dry sand mixture, and their relationship showed a good agreement with a power function; and (5) the tool wear decreased as the sand content increased in dry sand-gravel soil mixtures. The reasons for these phenomena were also explored.

    Author Information:

    Wei, Ying-jie
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,

    Zheng, Xiao
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,

    Su, Fei
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,

    Li, Ming-ming
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,

    Li, Fan
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,

    Yang, Yu-you
    School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing,


    Stock #: JTE20180402

    ISSN:0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE20180402

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    Title Evaluation of Cutting Tool Wear of Earth Pressure Balance Shield in Granular Soil Based on Laboratory Test
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    Committee G02