When and why soil reinforcement and consolidation are required. Soil Reinforcement and Consolidation are techniques used to stabilise the tunnel faces and excavation, enabling the safe and rapid advance of even large diameter tunnels. This method enables fast progress with large sized excavations. It tends to be used in particular geological conditions and in soils considered to be difficult to excavate. The techniques involve reinforcing the excavated faces by installing fibreglass elements in sub-horizontal holes, which are then grouted to form a set of micro-piles around the entire section.
Our portfolio of solutions. We offer a range of solutions for the tunnelling professionals:
– Fibreglass profiles and elements of varying cross-sections. They are inserted throughout the tunnel section, to form an array of reinforcing elements, resisting loads generated during excavation and preventing collapse and enhancing worker safety. This stabilisation effect means that a full-face excavation approach can be undertaken (ADECO-RS approach)
– In problematic ground where achieving reinforcement or anchor performance is difficult, the P.E.R. Ground™ anchorage system can be used; an integral sheath around the reinforcement bar contains the injected mortars, compacting surrounding soils reducing grout-loss and washout.
– Hybrid anchors, P.E.R.Ground Drain and P.E.R. Ground COPE enable simultaneous reinforcement and groundwater drainage or blockage respectively.
– Accidental or sudden water ingress can be blocked with polyurethane resins, which create expanding closed-cell foams.
– Poor soils can be improved by the injection of Groutmaster™, a multi-function high performance grout which can; reduce the permeability of soils, control settlements, mitigate liquefaction, improve cohesion of granular soils, reduce the expansion of cohesive soils and be used in compensation grouting and void filling.
– We also offer fibreglass reinforcement bars for reinforcing concrete within temporary underground structures, e.g. diaphragm and retaining walls within the tunnel breakthrough ‘soft-eye’ zone. Rebar CRG simplifies future access through the reinforced concrete compared to traditional steel bars.
Important note: The Bekaert-Maccaferri joint venture: In October 2014, we entered into a global sales and distribution JV with Bekaert. The resulting joint venture, BekaertMaccaferri Underground Solutions will serve underground construction markets on a worldwide basis, except in mainland China and Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, where Bekaert and Maccaferri will continue to operate independently.