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Application of a New Geophone and Geometry in Tunnel Seismic Detection

State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, No. 174 Shazhengjie, Chongqing 400044, China
School of Electrical Engineering, Chongqing University, No. 174 Shazhengjie, Chongqing 400044, China
Depatrment of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Sensors 2019, 19(5), 1246;
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 28 February 2019 / Accepted: 9 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Applications on Built Environment)
Seismic imaging is the most effective geophysical method and has been extensively implemented to detect potential geological hazards in tunnels during construction. The coupling of geophones and the design of geometry in tunnels are the two major challenges. To ensure successful coupling, a high-sensitivity semi-automatic coupling geophone with a broadband was designed. In practice, this geophone is attached with a wheel and two springs. Once inserted into the borehole, an automatic coupling action occurs. This semi-automatic coupling design within the geophone not only guarantees good coupling, but reduces the time and costs usually required to install a traditional geophone. In the use of geophones for tunnel seismic detection, we propose two new two-dimensional (2D) seismic geometries based on the two commonly used geometries. A test to assess the effectiveness of the qualities of imaging from four geometries was completed by comparing the results of the forward modeling of sandwich models. The conclusion is that the larger the horizontal offset of the layout geometry, the higher the resolution of the imaging; the larger the vertical offset, the weaker the mirror image. The vertical offset is limited due to the narrow tunnel condition. Therefore, the mirror effect cannot be entirely eliminated; however, it can be further suppressed by constructing 2D geometry. The two newly proposed 2D geometries caused the imaging arc of the inter-layer, but suppressed the mirror image. The mirror image added a significant number of errors to the data, which could misguide tunnel construction; therefore the new 2D geometries are more reasonable than the two most commonly used. We applied one of the two new 2D geometries that was more practical to an actual project, the Chongqing Jinyunshan Tunnel in China, and acquired high-quality seismic data using two semi-automatic coupling geophones. The detection results were essentially consistent with the excavation conclusions. View Full-Text
Keywords: tunnel seismic; semi-automatic coupling geophone; geometry; horizontal offset; vertical offset tunnel seismic; semi-automatic coupling geophone; geometry; horizontal offset; vertical offset
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Wang, Y.; Fu, N.; Lu, X.; Fu, Z. Application of a New Geophone and Geometry in Tunnel Seismic Detection. Sensors 2019, 19, 1246.

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