Effects of joints of Maxwell viscoelastic behavior on wave propagation

J.B. Zhu, Wei Wu, J. Zhao

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Wave propagation across a single filled joint and a filled joint set of Maxwell viscoelastic behavior is analytically studied in this paper. Rock joints are often filled with materials, e.g., saturated clay or sand, of viscoelastic nature. Their effects on wave propagation are reflected as displacement and stress discontinuity conditions across the joints. The viscoelastic behavior is described by the Maxwell model. The analytical solutions for wave propagation across a single joint are derived in this paper by accounting for the nondimensional joint stiffness, the nondimensional joint viscosity and the acoustic impedance ratio of the filled joint. It is shown that the viscoelastic behavior results in dissipation of wave energy and frequency-dependence of the reflection and transmission coefficients. In order to take into account multiple wave reflections among different joints, the modified recursive method is introduced, which is superior to previous recursive method by the higher computational efficiency. Then, wave transmission across a filled joint set is studied with the modified recursive method. It is shown that the nondimensional joint spacing and the number of joints have significant effects on the transmission coefficients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationSan Francisco, CA, USA: 26 June 2011 through 29 June 2011
Place of PublicationAlexandria VA USA
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781618391544
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventUS Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2011 - San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 26 Jun 201129 Jun 2011
Conference number: 45th


ConferenceUS Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2011
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco

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