- Volume 10 Issue 2
The construction cost for the single shell tunnel is cheaper than that of the double shell tunnel according to the case studies performed in several domestic and foreign tunnels. However, the economic advantage of single shell tunnel drops drastically as the condition of the rock mass deteriorates. Therefore, the single shell tunnelling method should be applied to the good rock mass conditions. The application of the single shell tunnelling method to tunnels in Korea should be determined considering the ratio between the good rock and poor rock masses along the tunnel section. The use of the single shell tunnel is expected to offend depending on the cheap supply of high quality shotcrets and rock bolts developed for single shell tunnels.