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Exploratory finite element analysis (FEA) and conceptual design findings of large-diameter, segmentally lined shafts

Mining Engineering , 2011, Vol. 63, No. 9, pp. 81-88

Kruse, D.; Basso, A.; Le, A.; Tan, T.


Top-down constructed large-diameter (up to 90 m or 300 ft) shaft design and constructability issues present an interesting suite of challenges and opportunities highlighted in this paper. The study covers 2D and 3D finite element models used to analyze various failure modes, evaluate the shaft liner and internal structures’ response to seismic loading, assist in segment design and assess final structural design tradeoffs. Efforts to achieve economic advantage over conventional heavy civil practices have prompted innovative solutions for ring and segment design, ring build assembly and annulus backfill grouting. Intended for soft ground conditions, relationships between soil parameters and structure design are also explored.