Model Test Study on Insulator of Cold-Region Tunnel in Northeast China: A Case Study of Gaoling Tunnel
Based on similarity theory, the systemic analysis for the distribution characteristics of tunnel temperature field in two different working conditions of having no thermal insulation and installing PU as insulator is progressed by using manufactured model test platform in order to realize the tunnel temperature field rule in cold regions with or without thermal insulation and the influence of thermal insulation layout pattern on insulating effect. The results show that the temperature variation conforms to the “tunnel freeze-thaw circle” theory without thermal insulation, and the surrounding rock maintains negative temperature all the time in the low temperature environment; the internal temperature field of surrounding rock plays a decisive role on the surface temperature of surrounding rock, which keeps above 0°C after the layout of thermal insulation with appropriate material and thickness.
Dongye Sun, Wen-Pei Sung and Ran Chen
J. X. Lai et al., "Model Test Study on Insulator of Cold-Region Tunnel in Northeast China: A Case Study of Gaoling Tunnel", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 71-78, pp. 1870-1874, 2011