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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2018, Article ID 8798232, 17 pages
Research Article

Performance Evaluation of Hard Rock TBMs considering Operational and Rock Conditions

1Shanghai Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacture for Thin-Walled Structures, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China
2Institute of Vibration, Shock and Noise, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Hui Zheng; nc.ude.utjs@gnehziuh

Received 7 September 2017; Accepted 10 January 2018; Published 11 March 2018

Academic Editor: Miguel Neves

Copyright © 2018 Xiaoyang Zou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper focuses on studying the correlations of the performance of hard rock tunnel boring machines (TBMs) with operational and rock conditions. Firstly, a rigid-flexible coupled multibody dynamic model of an opening hard rock TBM is established for the analysis of its vibration. Then four performance indexes including mean vibration energy dissipation rate, dynamic specific energy (DSE), disc cutter wear rate, and load sharing coefficient are introduced and formulated, respectively, for evaluating the vibration level, excavation energy efficiency, cutter’s vulnerability to wear, and load transmission performance of cutterhead driving system of the TBM. Finally, numerical simulation results of the TBM tunneling performance evaluation are obtained and validated by on-site vibration measurement and tunneling data collection. It is found that operational and rock conditions exert important impact on TBM vibration level, excavation energy efficiency, and structure damage. When the type of rock to be cut changes from soft to hard with operational parameters held constant, TBM performance evaluated by these three indexes deteriorates significantly, and both the decrease of excavation energy efficiency and the increase of cutter wear rate caused by TBM vibration are obvious. This study provides the foundation for a more comprehensive evaluation of TBM performance in actual tunneling process.