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Title: Numerical study of stress distribution and crack coalescence mechanisms of a solid containing multiple holes
Authors: Wong, RHC
Lin, P
Keywords: Bridge angle
Bridge length
Crack coalescence pattern
Microcrack statistics method
Stress distribution
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of rock mechanics and mining sciences, 2015, v. 79, p. 41-54 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of rock mechanics and mining sciences 
Abstract: This study investigated the change of stress with crack development, using the numerical code RFPA3D, so as to understand the crack coalescence mechanisms occurring within a heterogeneous solid containing multiple holes loaded in a state of uniaxial compression. A full discussion is presented on a statistical analysis of observed microcracks data, and on the appropriate parameter selection based on those microcrack statistics. The simulated peak stress results and coalescence patterns using the selected parameters were found to closely resemble previous experimental observations. A full investigation and discussion of the stress distributions around holes during the crack growth and coalescence processes is presented for heterogeneous sample cases. Under applied loading, crack initiation, growth direction and coalescence pattern are strongly influenced by the shape of the interaction tensile zone formed between holes. Acoustic emission (AE) analysis in relation to the numerical simulations indicates that no case of pure tensile crack coalescence occurs between holes. Three modes of coalescence are classified: T<inf>s</inf> mode (tensile mode coalescence with shear), M<inf>T</inf> mode (mixed mode coalescence with tensile mode dominant) and M mode (mixed mode coalescence). The crack coalescence mechanisms and patterns were further investigated by changing the parameters of normalized bridge length (d/r), bridge angle β and number of holes. A precise crack coalescence criterion is proposed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/43677
ISSN: 1365-1609
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2015.08.003
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