Why does pipejacking machine usually get stuck when the ground condition change from soil to very hard rock?

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When the pipejacking machine moves from a region of soil to very hard rock, it will be subject to damage of cutting disc. To break and loosen the rock, the pipejacking machine applies a large torque on cutting wheels.

However, with the change of soft region to hard region, the pipejacking machine is still under the same jacking load. As such, this results in insufficient or little space for the movement of the machine against the rock face, leading to damage and exhaustion of the pipejacking machine.


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.

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