Development of experimental technique on seismic response of rock joints

W. Wu, J. B. Zhu, Q. B. Zhang, Jean François Mathier, Jean Paul Dudt

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The application of a split Hopkinson pressure bar technique has been an active research topic to determine dynamic properties of rock materials, however, subjected of less attention on rock joints. One possibility is the configuration of long bars is especially suitable for the one-dimensional longitudinal wave propagation, which is difficult to investigate non-welded rock joints exposed to an obliquely incident wave, and further consider the frictional slip and the shear wave generation and propagation. The study discusses modified Hopkinson bars that conceive the design concept, and introduces a two-dimensional rock physical model to simulate a seismic wave across an inclined rock joint and allow the frictional slip and P- and S-waves propagation simultaneously. In the two-dimensional configuration, a granite plate as the specimen is mounted on an aluminum table. The table surface consists of half-buried balls, and the top of each ball contacts the polished bottom of the specimen to minimize the friction. An artificial rock joint is determined in 20 degree with respect to the front end of the specimen. A granite plate, with the same cross-sectional area as the specimen, is designed as the striker plate and immediately launched by a couple of identical springs to impact the front end and generate seismic wave. The specimen is pre-compressed by an axial compression system to make the plate subjected to coupled static and dynamic loads. Two groups of LVDTs are arranged perpendicular and parallel to the joint to measure its normal deformation and slip displacement, respectively. The incident, reflected and transmitted waves are recorded by two groups of strain gauge rosettes attached along the two sides of the joint, and the normal and shear stress distributions along the joint can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHarmonising Rock Engineering and the Environment - Proceedings of the 12th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780415804448
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Society of Rock Mechanics Series of Symposia and Conferences 2011 - China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China
Duration: 18 Oct 201121 Oct 2011
Conference number: 12th


ConferenceInternational Society of Rock Mechanics Series of Symposia and Conferences 2011
Abbreviated titleISRM 2011
OtherInternational Congress on Rock Mechanics of the International Society for Rock Mechanics 2011

Proceedings title = Harmonising Rock Engineering and the Environment
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  • Dynamics
  • Lab testing
  • Physical modelling
  • Rock joints

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