Shield Tunnel Engineering

Shield Tunnel Engineering

From Theory to Practice

1st Edition - August 8, 2021

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  • Authors: Shuying Wang, Jinyang Fu, Cong Zhang, Junsheng Yang
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242452
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239926

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Shield Tunnel Engineering: From Theory to Practice is a key technique that offers one of the most important ways to build tunnels in fast, relatively safe, and ecologically friendly ways. The book presents state-of-the-art solutions for engineers working within the field of shield tunnelling technology for railways. It includes expertise from major projects in shield tunnel construction for high-speed rail, subways and other major projects. In particular, it presents a series of advances in shield muck conditioning technology, slurry treatment, backfill grouting, and environmental impact and control. In this volume, foundational knowledge is combined with the latest advances in shield tunnel engineering. Twelve chapters cover key areas including geological investigation, the types, structures and workings of shield machines, selecting a machine, shield segment design, shield tunnelling parameter control, soil conditioning for earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunnelling, shield slurry treatment, backfill grouting, environmental impact, and problems in shield tunnel structures and their amelioration. This book presents the essential knowledge needed for shield tunnel engineering, the latest advances in the field, and practical guidance for engineers.

Key Features

  • Presents the foundational concepts of shield tunnel engineering
  • Gives the latest advances in shield tunnel engineering techniques
  • Considers common problems in shield tunnel structures and their solutions
  • Lays out step-by-step guidance for engineers working with shield tunnelling
  • Assesses environmental impacts and their control in shield tunnel engineering


Engineers working in shield design, tunnel construction, tunnel engineering management; those researching and teaching tunnel construction techniques; scientists, engineers, managers, postgraduates, and undergraduates in the field of high-speed railway and rail transportation

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    1.1 Overview
    1.2 Application scope of shield method
    1.3 Development history of shield method
    1.4 Characteristics of shield method
    1.5 Development trend of shield method

    Chapter 2 Survey and design in shield tunnel engineering
    2.1 Contents and methods of shield tunnel engineering survey
    2.2 Analysis and evaluation of engineering geological conditions for shield tunnel construction
    2.3 Section and alignment design of shield tunnel

    Chapter 3 Type, structure and working principle of shield machine
    3.1 Type of shield machine
    3.2 Basic structure of shield machine
    3.3 Main working principle of shield machine
    3.4 Special shield machines

    Chapter 4 Selection of shield machine
    4.1 Selection principle and basis of shield machine
    4.2 Main methods of shield machine selection
    4.3 Selection of the main components of shield machine
    4.4 Examples of shield selection in complex stratum

    Chapter 5 Structure type and design of shield tunnel lining
    5.1 Composition of shield tunnel lining
    5.2 Type and characteristics of segments
    5.3 Segment assembly and waterproofing
    5.4 Calculation of surrounding earth pressure of shield tunnel
    5.5 Calculation of internal force of segmental lining
    5.6 Segment design
    5.7 Seismic design of shield tunnel lining

    Chapter 6 Starting and receiving of shield
    6.1 Shield starting shaft and receiving shaft
    6.2 Reinforcement of end formation
    6.3 Auxiliary construction method of shield machine starting and the steel sleeve method for receiving
    6.4 Shield starting device and control technology
    6.5 Shield receiving device and control technology
    6.6 Shield assembly and disassembly

    Chapter 7 Shield tunnelling and segment assembly
    7.1 EPB Shield Tunnelling Technology
    7.2 Slurry balanced shield tunnelling technology
    7.3 Shield attitude control and correction
    7.4 Segment assembly
    7.5 Construction survey
    7.6 Monitoring and measurement
    7.7 Shield construction technology and examples under special conditions

    Chapter 8 Soil conditioning for EPB shield tunnelling
    8.1 Muck characteristics in EPB shield tunnelling
    8.2 Necessity for soil conditioning
    8.3 Types and technical parameters of  conditioning agents
    8.4 Soil conditioning method and the effect evaluation
    8.5 Mechanical behavior of shield tunnelling with soil conditioning

    Chapter 9 Shield slurry treatment
    9.1 Slurry workability requirements
    9.2 Slurry preparation
    9.3 Slurry pressure setting
    9.4 Slurry purification and regeneration
    9.5 Disposal of waste slurry

    Chapter 10 Backfill grouting
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 Materials and equipment of backfill grouting
    10.3 Design and construction of grouting

    Chapter 11 Environmental impact of shield tunnel construction and their control
    11.1 Concept and composition of ground loss
    11.2 Prediction methods of ground displacements
    11.3 Impact of shield tunnel construction on existing buildings
    11.4 Common methods for controlling ground deformation

    Chapter 12 Shield tunnel structural defects and treatment
    12.1 Common diseases of shield tunnel lining structure and their causes
    12.2 Disease investigation of shield tunnel lining structure
    12.3 Safety evaluation of shield tunnel structure
    12.4 Treatment methods for shield tunnel structural defects 

Product details

  • No. of pages: 648
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 8, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242452
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239926

About the Authors

Shuying Wang

Shuying Wang is a Professor of Civil Engineering, and a deputy director in the Department of Tunnel Engineering, at Central South University, in China. He received a PhD from Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, focusing on cyclic and postcyclic behavior of low-plasticity silt. His current research interests include tunnel engineering and experimental investigation of earth materials. He has published over 60 papers, and holds 10 Chinese patents. He has won several professional prizes, and serves as an editorial board member for major journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Civil Engineering and Deputy Director, Department of Tunnel Engineering, Central South University, China

Jinyang Fu

Jinyang Fu is an Associate Professor at Central South University. in China. He received his PhD from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. His current interests include tunnelling ground structure interaction, numerical analysis in underground engineering, and health detection in underground structures by computer vision. He has led projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as participating in corporate research projects. He has published over 20 papers, and holds five Chinese patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Central South University, China

Cong Zhang

Dr. Cong Zhang is a lecturer of Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China. In 2019, he graduated from Central South University with a doctoral degree in engineering. His research interest is mainly focus on research and development of new grouting materials, numerical analysis method of grouting, and the rehabilitation of tunnels and underground structures. He has presided over and participated in more than 10 projects entrusted by the state, provincial and ministerial level, as well as enterprises and companies, also won the second prize of science and technology progress of Ministry of Education in 2019 (in seventh place). In addition, he is published more than 30 journal papers indexed by SCI/EI, authorized 10 national patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China

Junsheng Yang

Junsheng Yang is a Professor at the Central South University, in China. He received his PhD from the Central South University of Technology in 1996 (now Central South University). His main focus is on teaching and research in tunnel and underground engineering. His research includes impact assessment and risk control for sensitive structures adjacent to tunnels, amelioration of tunnel defects, construction mechanics and risk assessment, shield technology, and other areas focusing on tunnelling and geotechnical mechanics. He has led over 50 projects for government and enterprise, and has published over 200 papers, a monograph, and five textbooks.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Central South University, China

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  • Enrico S. Sat Nov 06 2021

    Comprehensive treatise on shield tunnelling

    The book is a comprehensive and detailed technical manual on shield tunnelling engineering. Logic flow-charts and calculation procedures are included as well as guidance on how to avoid and address problemes during construction. The significant achievements in China during the last twenty years are also described.