Geotechnical investigations of two potential sites for the proposed Arizona superconducting super collider
AuthorGlynn, Mary Eileen, 1960-
KeywordsSuperconducting Super Collider.
Geology -- Arizona -- Maricopa Mountains.
Geology -- Arizona -- Sierrita Mountains.
AdvisorFarmer, Ian W.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractTwo sites around the Maricopa and Sierrita Mountains respectively were investigated to provide supporting data for the State of Arizona proposal to the Department of Energy to construct a Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) facility. The main feature of the facility is a 53 mile racetrack shaped tunnel. The proposed Maricopa SSC tunnel passes through three main types of rock--approximately 35 miles of indurated fanglomerates, 10 miles of granodiorites and 8 miles of volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The proposed Sierrita SSC tunnel also passes through three main rock types--approximately 19 miles of indurated fanglomerates, 18 miles of granodiorites and granites and 16 miles of volcanic and associated rocks. Data were obtained from three sources--existing data; field investigations including drill logs and geophysics and laboratory testing. Empirical design approaches were compared with rock classifications (RQD, RMR, Q) at the tunnel horizon. Results indicate mostly routine tunneling at both sites. Recommendations are made for: further logging and testing of existing core; further field mapping; additional boreholes in rock and alluvium; and in situ testing of alluvium.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Mining and Geological Engineering