The EuroFlo Industrial Pump system keeps Tunnel boring machine (TBM) cool by a continuous water supply.
The EuroFlo Industrial Pump system keeps Tunnel boring machine (TBM) cool by a continuous water supply.

The EuroFlo Industrial Pump system keeps Tunnel boring machine (TBM) cool by a continuous water supply. The Cross Rail project is an east-west rail route that passes under the city of London using new twin-bore 21km tunnels.

EuroFlo pumps and the tanks are located at the surface; the water is pumped from there down to the shaft and all along the tunnel up to the TBM. Once the water has passed through the TBM system the remaining water comes back via a filtration system to the tanks on the surface, out of the tunnel.

The water circuit provides 20 l/s to each TBM and 8 l/s is used in the TBM for different works and 12 l/s returns to the tanks. The inlet pressure needed ranges between 4 and 10 bar. On one site three TBM’s are operating and the pump system delivers 60 l/s, with the equipment consisting of one single tank (3200m3) and one industrial pump used per tunnel. On another site, the installation support’s the excavation with just one TBM with 20 litres/second and the water storage tank capacity of 1100m3

EuroFlo use 37 kW vertical multistage Industrial pumps for the cooling system while the TBM excavates through a major underground section of the Cross rail project.