Three-dimensional DDA and DLSM coupled approach for rock cutting and rock penetration

Gao Feng Zhao, Ji Jian Lian, Adrian R. Russell, Jian Zhao

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Rock cutting and rock penetration are typical problems in civil, mining, petroleum, and geothermal engineering disciplines. They involve dynamic fracturing and fragmentation of rock, high-speed movements of a cutter/impactor, and complex dynamic contacts between the cutter/impactor and the rock. In this study a new three-dimensional (3D) coupled approach is developed to address these problems. The distinct lattice spring model (DLSM) is used to simulate the dynamic fracturing process of the rock, and the discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) is adopted to model the high-speed motion of the cutter/impactor. An explicit-implicit coupling scheme is developed to bridge DLSM and DDA. Moreover, to take account of interaction between DLSM and DDA, a 3D simplex sphere-to-block contact method is introduced. Finally, a number of numerical examples are conducted to verify the implementation of the coupled approach and its ability to model rock cutting and rock penetration problems.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberE4016015
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Geomechanics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA)
  • Distinct lattice spring model (DLSM)
  • Rock cutting
  • Rock penetration

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