Design and manufacture of a new large-scale three-dimensional geomechanics model test system

Weishen Zhu, Yong Li, Min Yong, Qianbing Zhang, Shucai Li

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


Geomechanics modeling has played important role in geotechnical engineering. In order to investigate on the stability of underground caverns at great depth, a large-scale geomechanics model test system was designed and manufactured. The system mainly consisted of a steel structural frame and a hydraulic loading control system, which can apply active loading on six sides with a true three-dimensional stress state. Newly developed combinational ball sliding walls were installed on each of the major loading surfaces, which were significantly reduced the friction due to model deformation. The system has apparent technical advantages such as high stiffness, great stability, and flexibility of assembly, and easy adjustment of its dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Science and Engineering I
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2009 - Zhuhai, China
Duration: 26 Dec 200928 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)10226680


Conference2009 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2009


  • Geomechanics modeling
  • Large-scale three-dimensional model test system
  • Manufacture
  • Steel structural frame

Cite this