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Design optimization of TBM disc cutters for different geological conditions

Xia, Yimin; Zhang, Kui; Liu, Jingsheng


Yimin Xia

Kui Zhang

Jingsheng Liu


A novel optimization methodology for the disc cutter designs of tunnel boring machines (TBM) was presented. To fully understand the characteristics and performance of TBM cutters, a comprehensive list of performance parameters were investigated, including maximum equivalent stress and strain, specific energy and wear life which were closely related to the cutting forces and profile geometry of the cutter rings. A systematic method was employed to evaluate an overall performance index by incorporating objectives at all possible geological conditions. The Multi-objective & Multi-geologic Conditions Optimization (MMCO) program was then developed, which combined the updating of finite element model, system evaluation, finite element solving, post-processing and optimization algorithm. Finally, the MMCO was used to optimize the TBM cutters used in a TBM tunnel project in China. The results show that the optimization significantly improves the working performances of the cutters under all geological conditions considered.


Xia, Y., Zhang, K., & Liu, J. (2015). Design optimization of TBM disc cutters for different geological conditions. World Journal of Engineering and Technology, 3(4), 218-231.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 14, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 17, 2015
Publication Date Nov 17, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 29, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 29, 2016
Journal World journal of engineering and technology
Print ISSN 2331-4222
Electronic ISSN 2331-4249
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 218-231
Keywords Disc cutter; Finite element method; Geological condition; Structural optimization; TBM
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in World journal of engineering and technology, 2015, v. 3 issue 4.


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