Tunnel Boring Machines
Contractors rely on Robbins Single Shield TBMs in massively fractured rock.
When you have large sections of broken ground to bore through, your project risk can be significant. The Robbins Single Shield TBM provides the rock boring capability of a Robbins Main Beam TBM and protects against rock collapse like a Double Shield TBM, but with minimum shield length.
WHAT IS A SINGLE SHIELD TBM?
Robbins Single Shield TBMs protect workers from broken rock until the tunnel lining can be safely installed. The body of the machine is enclosed in a shield that is marginally smaller than the diameter of the tunnel. The flat, low-profile cutterhead minimizes disturbance of the face as it bores, and prevents large blocks from collapsing and causing excessive boring stresses. The front of the TBM is a rotating cutterhead that matches the diameter of the tunnel. As the cutterhead turns, a ring of hydraulic cylinders provides forward thrust through shoes that push against the tunnel lining. The cutterhead holds disc cutters (ranging from 11″ to 20″ in diameter) positioned for optimal boring. The transfer of high thrust through the rolling disc cutters creates fractures in the rock, causing chips to break away from the face. Boring and lining installation are performed sequentially. To steer, cylinders orient the articulated cutterhead in the required direction.