Fracture processes of rock-like specimens containing nonpersistent fissures under uniaxial compression

Miao Chen, Shengqi Yang, Ranjith Pathegama Gamage, Wendong Yang, Pengfei Yin, Yuanchao Zhang, Qiangyong Zhang

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Many rock engineering accidents have proven that the coalescence of discontinuities in surrounding rock can have a major impact on the security and stable operation of energy infrastructure. To give an insight into the understanding of the crack propagation and coalescence in fissured rock masses, a series of uniaxial compression experiments were conducted on rock-like specimens containing nonpersistent fissures. The digital speckle correlation method (DSCM) and the acoustic emission (AE) monitoring system were adopted to capture the real-time strain field on the specimens' surfaces and microfracturing events within specimens, respectively. The experimental results indicated that the strength and deformation modulus of specimens were significantly affected by fissure inclination. The damage process showed obvious progressive stain localization failure characteristics. The clear and intuitive full-field strain field development was successfully monitored by the DSCM technique. The real-time strain accumulation, crack initiation, propagation, and coalescence were also analyzed. Each time, the saltation of the strain field was usually accompanied by the fluctuation of the stress curve and obvious AE events. Crack coalescence modes between fissures changed from tension coalescence mode to mixed tension-shear coalescence mode, then to shear coalescence mode with an increase in fissure inclination. Five basic failure modes were identified from the experimental results: Tensile failure across the fissure planes, rotation failure of newly generated blocks, mixed failure mode, shear failure, and splitting failure. An investigation of the fracture processes of rock-like specimens containing nonpersistent fissures using these methods can enhance understanding of the fracture behavior of jointed rocks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number79
Number of pages24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Digital speckle correlation method
  • Nonpersistent fissures
  • Stability
  • Strain evolution and fracture behavior

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