We have a concrete tunnel repair project, where expansion joints in a 10 x 10 ft (3 x 3 m) tunnel need to be repaired. The joints are on the top, bottom, and both sides of the tunnel; therefore, we have vertical and overhead applications. The detail calls for deteriorated concrete to be removed to a depth of about 6 in. (152 mm), existing reinforcing steel to be cleaned and preserved, and old waterstop removed and new PVC waterstop installed. How far can shotcrete be pumped for an application in a tunnel? We are looking at about 200 ft (61 m) for the shotcrete to be pumped from the supply to the repairs. Is this constructible?
Yes, this is definitely a great application for shotcrete. Either wet- or dry-mix shotcrete can easily be used in tunnels with hose lengths of 200 ft (61 m). An experienced shotcrete contractor will be able to select the appropriate process based on the site, availability of material, and their particular equipment and trained shotcrete crews.
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