For technical renovation of the thermal plant, one frame structure workshop of 50,000 m^{2} construction area and one reinforcement concrete chimney of 150m height shall be demolished by blasting in the same time. The engineering environment is very complicated and the accommodation space for the structures collapse is limited. Therefore, the collapse sequence, direction, scope of the structures must be accurately controlled to ensure the safe operation of the adjacent generator unit and transformer station.
By taking technical measures of theoretical analysis and numerical simulation etc., as well as research on structures collapse process and initiation system, it puts forward the technology of bidirectional folded collapse of the workshop and it uniquely adopts the initiation system that combined with “half-second delay inside drilling” and “millisecond delay outside drilling”.
Additionally, by using of the integrated vibration reduction technology in combination of the blasting ruins, buffer ditch and damping ditch, it has safely accomplished the blasting demolition work in high efficiency. Besides the blasting demolition vibration signal is collected and analyzed. The success of the blasting demolition will become valuable reference to other similar works.
As the sustained and rapid economic growth, and the development of urbanization infrastructure, a mass of architecture structures needs to be demolished in China. Traditionally, three schemes could be used to demolish the architecture structures:Artificial demolition, machine demolition, blasting demolition. The blasting demolition technology began to be used in china in 1958 [1W. Hao, and B.X. Zheng, "Comprehensive Technology of Demolition Blasting", Engineering Blasting, vol. 9, pp. 27-31, 2003.], since then, the blasting demolition technology was developed gradually. Long-term practice indicates that the blasting demolition can collapse those massive architecture structures, to transform the dangerous and inefficient high-altitude jobs into the safe and efficient ground machine operations, so which is a prefect construction method, especially for high buildings, such as chimneys, cooling towers, workshops, etc.
In recent years, the serious consequences of global warming are concerned widely by the international community. As early as in 11th five years plan (2006-2010), the Chinese government had announced the environmental targets of energy saving and emission reduction. In order to reduce the carbon dioxide emission, government plans to shut down some thermal plants, which cause demolition of many workshops and chimneys in the thermal plants. There are a lot of successful engineering cases of blasting demolition for the chimneys and workshops in China [2X.Q. Xie, "Blasting Technology and Effect Analysis in Demolition of a Reinforced Concrete Chimney of 150m Height", Engineering Blasting, vol. 14, pp. 54-57, 2008.-9C.Y. Xie, S.M. Meng, and J. Luo, "Explosive Demolition of Complex Structured Workshop of Thermal Power Plant", Blasting, vol. 28, pp. 70-72, 2011.]. In the previous cases, however, engineers were in the purpose of safety, the workshop and chimney would be demolished separately one by one, such as, the workshops will be demolished first and the chimney may be demolished only when the workshop ruins are cleaned completely or partially [10C.J. Tan, Y. Huang, and H. Wang, "Directional Blasting Demolition of Generator Set Workshop and 150m High Chimney in the Power Plant", Engineering Blasting, vol. 17, pp. 54-57, 2011.]. But this time, in order to shorten the construction period, the client required the workshop and chimney to be demolished in the same time; it brought a huge challenge for blasting demolition. Engineers must reduce the destructive effects as much as possible during finishing blasting demolition process. If flyrock and vibration caused by blasting go beyond expectation, which causes generator set tripping and off-production incident, reactivating the generator set costs at least one million Yuan economic loss. For the comparison of the past and present cases, (Table 1). Fortunately, the numerical simulation can be helpful, to assure the blasting demolished scheme more scientifically and rationally. The paper detailed an advanced blasting demolition technology for the workshop and chimney in the thermal plant in China, Fig. (1) shows the flowchart of the blasting demolished.
Fig. (1) Flowchart of the Blasting Demolished. |
Due to technical renovation, one frame structure workshop of 50,000 m^{2} construction area and one reinforcement concrete chimney of 150 m height in Datang Liancheng Thermal Plant that located in Lanzhou city, Gansu Province shall be demolished in China. The engineering condition is very complex. The steam pipeline blind ditches which need be protected are only 1 m away from the bounding walls at east, south and north sides of the workshop. The chimney is on the west, 50 m away from the workshop. An ash pumping station required to be protected is on the southwest, 12 m away from the workshop. A concrete recycling waterway of 2.7 m deep underground is 23 m to the east of the workshop. At 32 m in the same direction, a transformer station is running. A running new-built 300 MW generator unit plant is 24 m to the south of the workshop. The chemical water processing workshop is 22 m to the north of the workshop. For engineering conditions, see (Fig. 2).
Fig. (2) Plan Sketch of the Engineering Conditions. |
Fig. (3) Engineering Structures of the Workshop and Chimney. |
The workshop is 98.76 m long and 80 m wide. It consists of air preheater, boiler chamber, elevator shaft, milling workshop, deaerating chamber and turbine workshop. After partial pre-demolition, the 110 columns need to be demolished, and which are divided into nine different sectional dimensions, there are 11 axis in west-east direction and 11 spans in north-south direction.
The chimney is 150 m height, the body of which is cast by #250 concrete. The service ladder is arranged on the west. At 3.0 m height of the chimney, there is an ash-deposit platform and two rectangular flues with 3.2 m width and 5 m height. Outer radius of the chimney is 6.94 m and the thickness of the chimney is 0.5 m (Fig. 3) for engineering structures of the workshop and chimney.
There are lots of successful engineering cases of workshops and chimneys demolition in China, but they generally use a construction method of separately blasting demolition. However, in order to shorten construction period, and fully reflect the safety and efficiency of the demolition blasting, the workshop and chimney are required to be demolished in the same time [11X.R. Cui, B.X. Zheng, and J.Q. Fu, "Directional Blasting Demolition of a Large Workshop with Multi-span and Chimney", Engineering Blasting, vol. 14, pp. 29-33, 2008.]. The key points and difficulties for this blasting demolition are as follows:
The technology of cautions blasting and stage blasting is applied. In order to control the collapse scope of the workshop and reduce the blasting vibration [15J.H. Zhou, "Discussion on Calculation Formula of Collapsing Vibration Velocity Caused by Blasting Demolition", Engineering Blasting, vol. 15, pp. 1-4, 2009.], the bidirectional folded collapse scheme is applied to demolition of the workshop. The part above 31.5 m will collapse towards east directionally while the other part under 31.5m will collapse towards west directionally. It is designed of stage triangle gap (Fig. 5). For satisfaction of the need of the bidirectional folded collapse scheme and multistage delay initiation, as well as assurance the safety and reliability of the initiation system, the initiation system combined with half-second delay inside drilling and millisecond delay outside drilling is applied to demolition of the workshop.
Fig. (4) Arrangement Diagram of Blasting Gap and Drilling for Chimney. |
Fig. (5) Sketch of the Blasting Gap Height Difference Back and Forth. |
The chimney will collapse towards the blasting ruins of the workshop at east side with allowable tilting angle deviation of ±5°. Using the millisecond delay in holes, and the initiation time is 2s earlier than that of the workshop.
To ensure the integral stability of the chimney when it is collapsing, the ash-position platform is set outside the range of the blasting gap. The blasting gap shall be set on the elevation + 3.0 m. Gap shapes are usually rectangular, echelon, inverse echelon, triangular, etc [16C.L. Zhang, B. Wang, and Y.Z. Zhu, "The Design of Blasting Demolition of the Reinforced Concrete Chimney Based on Complicated Conditions", Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 477-478, pp. 803-808, 2013.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.477-478.803] ]. For different gap shape, the collapse progress varies. Considering that the chimney has both rectangular flues at the elevation + 3.0 m, in order to ensure the symmetry of blasting gap, we chose a rectangular gap shape.
Blasting gap height is one of the important parameters, which should meet offset distance of chimney gravity center larger than chimney outer radius of cut position when the gap closed [17D.Z. Chen, "Directional Blasting of a Reinforced Concrete Chimney with a Height of 100 Meters in Difficult Conditions and Vibration Tests", Engineering Blasting, vol. 9, pp. 33-35, 2003.]. The gap height formula is shown in equation 1.
(1) |
Where,
h = blasting gap height (m)
R = radius of blasting gap position (m)
H_{c} = chimney’s height of center of gravity (m)
θ = semicircle central angle of the support reserved part.
The size of blasting gap central angle directly determines the length of blasting gap, and the length of blasting gap determines the overturning moment. Bigger the blasting gap central angle is, the longer the blasting gap is and greater overturning moment is. Excessive overturning moment will accelerate buckling and settling of the reserved part, premature settling will lead to inaccurate direction for chimney collapse, especially an accident of failing to collapse. Under normal circumstances, the central angle of blasting gap is approximately between 210°~220°. By checking the overturning moment, learning from successful experiences as well as the structural characteristics of the chimney itself, the central angle of blasting gap in this project is θ = 215°, the length of blasting gap is L = (215/360)× 2 ×π× 6.94 = 26 m .
To ensure the chimney balanced and collapsed accurately according to the design direction, the directional window should be set. Considering the chimney own structural characteristics, the directional window can take advantage of the flue in this project, while a guide window should be created at the center of the blasting cut, with a size of 3.0 m in height, 3.0 m in width, as shown in Fig. (4). The hole diameter is 40 mm and hole depth is l = 0.75δ = 0.38 m. The pitch is taken hole spacing as a = δ = 0.5 m and row spacing as b = 0.9a = 0.45 m,with a total of seven rows of holes, each row with 30 holes, 210 holes arranged in total. With a selection of 2 # Rock Emulsion Explosives, which specification is Φ32 mm × 200 mm × 200 g, volume formula of charge calculation, as shown in equation 2.
(2) |
Where,
Q = explosive charge (kg)
q = unit consumption of explosive(kg/m^{3})
a = hole spacing (m)
b = row spacing (m)
δ = wall thickness (m)
Q = qabδ =2 × 0.5 ×0.45 × 0.5 = 225 g, explosive charge set 200 g, with a continuous charging structure, 0.2 m length of charge and 0.18 m length of stemming.
With millisecond delay initiation system, we use detonators with shock-conducting tube of the delay number MS-1 and MS-2 in holes. MS-1 detonators are symmetrically arranged in holes near guide window. MS-2 detonators are symmetrically arranged in holes close to position of directional window, see (Fig. 4) for detail.
Workshop covers construction area of about 50,000 m^{2}. Blasting demolition is in a fairly large scale. In order to facilitate construction organization for blasting demolition, the workshop is divided into four blasting areas. Direction and height of blasting cut as well as blast height difference back and forth are important parameters, which decide blasting objects collapse direction, overturning moment and offset angle of gravity center. Gap height is calculated based on the formula, as shown in equation 3.
(3) |
Where,
h = blasting cut height (m)
K = experience coefficient, taking 1.5~2.0
B = maximum edge length on column cross section (m)
Hmin = minimum destroying height, Hmin = (30 ~ 50) d, d is diameter of vertical steel bars of columns (m).
The drilling diameter is 40 mm. To reduce the amount of drilling operations, effective control of blasting scale and effect of blasting, group hole arrangement shall be applied to this demolition blasting to blast columns in segment, horizontally drilling along both sides of column center line, increasing holes on the bottom of columns, 5 holes each group, 3 holes each group for others, 3 m space for each group, hole spacing is 0.4 m in each group. The workshop needs to blast 110 columns in total with 9 different sectional dimensions, for details of parameters see (Table 2).
To reduce maximum charge per delay interval and control blasting vibration effect, we use a closed duplex initiation system combined with half-second delay in holes and millisecond delay outside holes. We respectively charge two half-second delay detonator in holes from HS-2 to HS-12, dividing the workshop into 11 half-second delay blasting areas to realize initiation district by district, then in every half-second delay blasting area we respectively use millisecond delay detonators outside holes from MS-2 to MS-5, to conduct the “One Grab” cluster connection, so as to achieve a detonating cluster by cluster, with detonators in each cluster are not more than 20, and with two MS-1 detonators for “Reverse Connection” initiation, using the Four-Way connection as a closed duplex trunk circuit. Entire initiation system is divided into multiple circuits. Finally, we use parallel-series connection between multiple circuits.
In the field of demolition blasting, numerical simulation is often implemented on blasting collapse process before blasting buildings, so as to assist blasting design. The finite element software ANSYS/LS-DYNA is applied to the numerical simulation, establishing a finite element model in ANSYS environment, using a large display dynamic analysis software LS-DYNA for solution. In this numerical simulation, a separated co-node model is used to create the reinforced concrete chimney and workshop frame structure [18D.Y. Yu, J. Yang, and D.Y. Chen, "Numerical Simulation of Reinforced Concrete Structure Based on Separate Element and Common Node Model", Explosion and Shock Waves, vol. 31, pp. 349-352, 2011.], fully embodying a role of steel tensile stress in the process of structure collapse, with structural finite element model and model of steel distribution as shown in Figs. (6 and 7).
Fig. (6) Structural Finite Element Model. |
Fig. (7) Model of Steel Distribution. |
To achieve simulation of delay initiation sequence in blasting design, different components should be built. Each component can control concrete-failure time by setting * MAT_ADD_EROSION keywords to simulate the blasting process. Fig. (8) shows the simulation process of structure collapse.
Fig. (8) The Simulation Process of Structure Collapse. |
We used the MINI Super Graph vibrometer produced by the NOMIS Company of the United States, which can measure three seismic waves. Six measuring points in total are laid out. Points 1, 2, and 3 were arranged in the south of the workshop, which mainly monitored the impact of blasting vibration of workshop on the machine rooms while 4, 5, and 6 were laid out in the east of workshop, mainly monitoring the impact of touchdown vibration of chimney head on the transformer station. Monitoring Results of Demolition Blasting Vibration are as shown in Table 3, and R is radial vibration velocity, T is tangential vibration velocity, V is vertical vibration velocity. Typical waveform and spectra are as follows in Fig. (9).
Fig. (9) Typical Waveform and Spectra. |
We carry out regression analysis to vibration monitoring data. From the vibration velocity attenuation formula by regression, we calculate the vibration velocity at the control rooms of generator units, the peak of which is less than 0.5 cm/s. During actual blasting process, no “trip” accident of generator units happened either.
The blasting demolition effect of the workshop and chimney is completely consistent with the design; the whole collapse process takes about 13s. The full-structure disintegration is realized to form blasting ruins height of 3-6 m. The surrounding facilities are not suffered from the impact of demolition blasting. Both transformer stations in east side and generator units in south side are normally running. The blasting effect is shown in Fig. (10).
Fig. (10) Blasting Demolition Effect Picture of the Workshop and Chimney. |
Through this practice of demolition blasting, we summed up and made the following conclusions:
Due to the limitation of construction costs, digital electronic detonators were not used in blasting demolition. Further research should be done on the application prospects of digital electronic detonators in the field of blasting demolition.
The authors declare no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.
Decleared none.
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