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Estimation of rock mass stress state based on the convergence measurement result during tunnel excavation

Kamemura, Katsumi*; Aoyagi, Kazuhei ; Nago, Makito*; Sugawara, Kentaro*; Matsubara, Makoto*

In the design of deep underground structures such as high-level radioactive waste disposal repositories, the estimation of rock mass stress state is important as well as the estimation of mechanical characteristics of rock mass. This study establishes a practical and effective method for estimating in situ stress based on the convergence measurement results obtained during gallery construction of URL. The convergence was measured in various directions of the URL loop gallery at 350 m depth, and this will allow determination of the stress state over a large area using a back analysis method. In order to improve the accuracy of initial stress estimation, the relationship between convergence measurement results and geological situation of existing fractures were studied. The analysis results show good agreement with the in situ stress state results reported in previous studies and confirm the applicability of the proposed method.

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