Influence of structure and water pressure on the hydraulic conductivity of the rock mass around underground excavations

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  • External authors:
  • Zhen Huang (Corresponding)
  • Zhenquan Jiang
  • Shuyun Zhu
  • Xianshuai Wu
  • Yunzhang Guan

Abstract

In this study, in situ water injection tests and numerical modeling in conjunction with core logs and television image measurements were applied for an investigation of the hydraulic properties of the rock mass around underground excavations. The aim of our work was to investigate the influence of rock structure and water pressure on the hydraulic conductivity of the rock mass around underground excavations. Thus, water injection tests were conducted in four boreholes that were drilled in the rock mass in underground tunnels in China. Seepage connection initiation and steady state seepage were proposed to identify the seepage evolution course within the rock mass by combining the results of pressure and hydraulic conductivity. Generally, hydraulic conductivity is strongly related to rock structure and water pressure. The results also revealed that a rearrangement of rock structure would occur in the damage zone, resulting in an increase in hydraulic conductivity of nearly one to several orders of magnitude. The results from the modified numerical model showed that the pore water distribution and the groundwater inflow rate are affected by both the hydraulic conductivity and the thickness of the damage zone and they are influenced more by the thickness of this zone.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-84
JournalEngineering Geology
Volume202
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2016