Design, development, and verfication of a Lovat 7.6-metre full-face tunnel-boring machine
The design, development, and verification of the Lovat 7.6-metre diameter full-face tunnel-boring machine is reviewed. Programmatic and technical challenges are outlined with a review of the specifications and the design to meet these requirements. Subsystem designs are presented for the waste material removal, ventilation, cutter head, structural support, advance technique, water removal, and interfaces with the Donkin-Morien Mine. The techniques used to verify that the design meets the requirements is by testing in the Lovat factory and in the field. Certification of the machine for use in a methane environment is discussed.
Coal mining, Tunnel boring machines, Underground mining, Donkin-Morien project, Ventilation