Coupled THM analysis of long-term anisotropic convergence in the full-scale micro tunnel excavated in the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite
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PublisherInternational Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)
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The main purpose of this paper is to analyse the convergence measurements of the ALC1604 in situ heating test carried out in the Callovo-Oxfordian claystone formation (COx) in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground research laboratory (MHM URL). The concept of the test consists of horizontal micro-tunnel, equipped with a steel casing. The micro-tunnel is excavated in the direction of the horizontal principal major stress (sH). In situ observations showed anisotropic convergence with the maximum and minimum values in the horizontal and vertical directions, respectively. Coupled THM numerical analyses have been carried out to provide a structured framework for interpretation, and to enhance understanding of THM behaviour of Callovo-Oxfordian claystone. However, a special mechanical constitutive law is adopted for the description of the time-dependent anisotropic behaviour of the COx. The simulation of the test using this enhanced model provides a satisfactory reproduction of the THM long-term anisotropic convergence results. It also provides a better understanding of the observed test response.
CitationTourchi, S. [et al.]. Coupled THM analysis of long-term anisotropic convergence in the full-scale micro tunnel excavated in the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite. A: International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering. "VIII International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering: COUPLED 2019". Barcelona: International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), 2019, p. 292-299.
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