A damage mechanical model applied to analysis of mechanical properties of jointed rock masses

Wendong Yang, Qianbing Zhang, P. G. Ranjith, Rangang Yu, Guangyu Luo, Chenchen Huang, Gang Wang

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The mechanical properties of jointed rock masses significantly affect the long-term behaviour and safety of engineering projects. In this paper, a damage mechanical theory is adopted to deal with some sets of joints distributed in rock masses. Based on the geometrical distribution of joints, a damage model which considers the influence of normal vector and area density of joints is used to describe the discontinuities. This damage model is programmed in finite difference software FLAC3D, and an example of jointed rock masses is used to verify the validity of the model, which shows that this model can well reflect the influence of joint angle and joint density. Finally, we use this model to predict the displacements and damage zones in the rock masses surrounding an underground cavern. The simulation results show a good agreement with field measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalTunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • Damage mechanics
  • Damage model
  • FLAC
  • Jointed rock masses
  • Numerical simulation
  • Underground cavern

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