Capturing pressure- and rate-dependent behaviour of rocks using a new damage-plasticity model

Mousumi Mukherjee, Giang D. Nguyen, Arash Mir, Ha H. Bui, Luming Shen, Abbas El-Zein, Federico Maggi

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Rock response to confining pressure and strain rate can change dramatically from very brittle to ductile. Capturing this transition is crucial for a correct prediction of rock mass failure due to blasting, explosion or drilling in mining. In this work, a new constitutive model that accounts for the effects of both confining pressure and strain rate on the nominal strength and post peak behaviour is proposed for dry intact rocks and other similar geological materials. The key features of the proposed constitutive model are the employment of a single loading function that evolves from initial yielding to ultimate failure during damaging and the rate-dependent enhancement so that the strain rate effects can be faithfully described at different confining pressures. The model can adequately capture both the brittle and ductile responses as well as the brittle-ductile transition as a result of both strain rate and confining pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-218
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Impact Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Constitutive models
  • Rocks
  • Geomaterials
  • Pressure-dependent
  • Rate-dependent
  • Strain rate
  • Damage
  • Plasticity
  • Brittle
  • Ductile

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