Design and realisation of the PRACLAY experimental gallery

Wim Bastiaens, Alain Van Cotthem, Tony Voorspoels, Philippe Van Marcke

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    Within the Belgian research programme for geological disposal of radioactive waste an experimental gallery was excavated to host a large scale heater test in Boom Clay. In this project, a gallery crossing was realised and the gallery has been excavated by a roadheader under the protection of a shield. The combination of geotechnical and (future) thermal loading of the concrete lining resulted in the use of several compressive materials. Geotechnical monitoring was carried out during construction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBuilding underground for the future
    Place of PublicationLimonest, France
    StatePublished - Oct 2008
    EventBuilding underground for the future - Association Française des Tunnels et de l'Espace Souterrain (AFTES), Monaco
    Duration: 6 Oct 20088 Oct 2008


    ConferenceBuilding underground for the future

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