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Innovation and the Rise of the Tunnelling Industry

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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673358

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  • This book studies the historical development of the tunnelling industry, with emphasis on the technical innovations on which advances in that industry have depended. The main part of the book comprises a detailed examination of the major technical advances in both hard rock and soft ground tunnelling, discussing established methods such as tunnelling machines, compressed air tunnelling and prefabricated tunnel linings, as well as more recent topics such as pressurised face shields, extruded linings, hydraulic rock drills, and small-diameter tunnelling systems. In addition, the emergence of a highly innovative tunnelling industry in Japan is discussed; a parallel being drawn between this development and that in nineteenth century Britain. From these considerations, the conditions that have allowed technical innovation to flourish in the tunnelling industry are identified, leading to a more general discussion of the nature of technical innovation in this industry and beyond.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673358
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Introduction
    2. Compressed air rock drilling machines
    3. Nitroglycerine explosive
    5. Hydraulic rock drilling machines
    6. Tunnelling shields
    7. Compressed air tunnelling
    8. Prefabricated tunnel linings
    9. Pressurised face tunnelling shields
    10. Immersed tube tunnels
    11. Hard rock tunnelling machines
    12. Soft ground tunnelling machines
    13. Other developments
    14. Conclusion

  • Author

    Graham West

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