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The air flow structure and gas dispersion behavior in gas tunnel construction through bench cut method

The inability to accurately predict the inrush of gas increases the fear of field workers security and unnecessary investments in tunnel ventilation. In this study, a three-dimensional numerical model was established to investigate the air flow structure and gas diffusion characteristics of a gas tunnel during construction. The result showed that the flow inside the bottom bench mainly came from the recirculation zone of the upper bench. Mutation in the tunnel section due to bottom bench excavation would cause the formation of some air circulation in the bottom bench. The circulation air in the bottom bench came from the recirculation zone of the upper bench, while the air flow in the considered zone was a polluted air. Based on the obtained results, there was no accumulation of methane inside the bottom bench. Nevertheless, gas gushing will still appear during the construction of the bottom bench surface, which can possibly lead to gas disaster. This study aims to provide some guidance for tunnel Engineers on safety monitoring systems.
PAPER REVISED: 2018-11-09
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2019-02-19
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