Numerical simulation of size effect on rock fracture using SPH and a size-dependent constitutive model

Yingnan Wang, Ha H. Bui, Giang D. Nguyen, Ranjith P. Gamage

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Due to the inevitable size difference of rock between laboratory specimens and practical applications, size effect on fracture properties of rock has been a critical issue over a past few decades. Many studies have been carried out to examine this issue, and the results show that rock materials exhibit a strong size-dependent behaviour. In this paper, a continuum computational framework, combining Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) with a size-dependent constitutive, is applied for simulating rock fracture problems. The numerical framework is validated against experiments through a series of uniaxial tension tests. The good agreement between SPH and experiment indicates the potential of this proposed framework for predicting size-dependent behaviour of rock fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 2017
PublisherNational Committee on Applied Mechanics
ISBN (Electronic)9781925627022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2017 - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201729 Nov 2017
Conference number: 9th

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Name9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 2017


ConferenceAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2017
Abbreviated titleACAM 2017
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  • Cohesive fracture law
  • Mesh-independent
  • Mode I
  • Rock fracture
  • Size effect
  • SPH

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