A Further Study on Wave Propagation Across a Single Joint with Different Roughness

X. Chen, Jian Chun Li, M. F. Cai, Y. Zou, J. Zhao

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As a key dynamic feature of the rock mass, joint results in wave attenuation when a stress wave propagates across it. An experimental study has obtained the relation between the transmission coefficient and the contact area ratio of joints with different thicknesses (Chen et al. (doi:10.1007/s00603-015-0716-z)). However, the spatial geometry of the contact surface also determines the dynamic behavior of the discontinuous masses. Thus, the present study is focused on the effects of distribution and dimension of the sawn notches on the contact surface of the joint, which lead to the different spatial geometry. The joint matching coefficient (JMC) was used in this study to define the contact condition. Using a modified SHPB apparatus, all the bars and specimens were aluminum, and the artificial joint formed a rough surface of the specimen contacted to the output bar. Based on the wave separation method, the incident, reflected and transmitted waves across the joint were acquired from the records of the strain gauges on pressure bars. Then the transmission coefficient and specific stiffness of the joint were obtained. Comparisons of them were made on different JMCs, spatial geometries and thicknesses of the joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2701-2709
Number of pages9
JournalRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Artificial joint
  • JMC
  • Spatial geometry
  • Specific stiffness
  • Transmission coefficient

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