Awarded as the best online publication by CIDC

In Slurry Shield TBMs, should high or low slurry pressure be maintained to support excavated face?

In Slurry Shield TBMs, the slurry supports the wall of tunnel face in a manner similar to diaphragm wall. The bentonite forms a filter cake on the tunnel face on which the slurry exerts its pressure.


The face of a slurry shield tunnel boring machine is stabilized by bentonite slurry, which is kept under pressure. If the slurry pressures provided are too low, instability of the face results with occurrence of large settlements. On the contrary, in case the slurry pressures are kept too high, it leads to an excessive loss of bentonite and significant soil disturbance would occur.

This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

Share this post

Kanwarjot Singh

Kanwarjot Singh is the founder of Civil Engineering Portal, a leading civil engineering website which has been awarded as the best online publication by CIDC. He did his BE civil from Thapar University, Patiala and has been working on this website with his team of Civil Engineers.

If you have a query, you can ask a question here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ask a question