Time-Dependent Crack Growth in Brittle Rocks and Field Applications to Geologic Hazards
AuthorLee, Ji Soo
subcritical crack growth
AdvisorKemeny, John M
Committee ChairKemeny, John M
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe primary focus of this research is to evaluate the time-dependent crack growth in rocks using lab tests and numerical modeling and its application to geologic hazard problems. This research utilized Coconino sandstone and Columbia granite as the study materials and produced the subcritical crack growth parameters in both mode I and II loadings using the rock materials. The mode I loading test employs three different types of fracture mechanics tests: the Double Torsion (DT), the Wedge Splitting (WS), and the Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) test. Each test measured the mode I crack velocity. The DT test indirectly measured the crack velocity using the load relaxation method. The WS and DCB tests directly measured the crack velocity by monitoring using a video recording. The different mode I subcritical crack growth parameters obtained from the three tests are discussed. For the mode II loading test, this study developed a new shear fracture toughness test called the modified Punch-Through Shear (MPTS). The MPTS test conducted at different loading rates produced the mode II subcritical crack growth parameters. These fracture mechanics tests were calibrated and simulated using the distinct element method (DEM) and the finite element method (FEM). DEM analysis employed the particle flow code (PFC) to simulate the mixed mode crack growth and to match with the failure strength envelop of the triaxial compressive tests. FEM analysis employed the Phase2 program to analyze the crack tip stress distribution and the FRANC2D program to calculate the modes I and II stress intensity factors. The fracture mechanics tests and numerical modeling showed well the dependency of the mode II subcritical crack growth parameters according to confining pressure, loading rate, and the mode II fracture toughness. Finally, the UDEC modeling based on DEM is utilized in this study to forecast the long-term stability of the Coconino rock slope, as one of geologic hazards. The fracture mechanics approach is implemented in the program using the modes I and II subcritical crack growth parameters obtained from the lab tests and numerical modeling. Considering the progressive failure of rock bridges due to subcritical crack growth, the UDEC results predicted the stable condition of the Coconino rock cliff over 10,000 years. This result was validated by comparing it with the previous planar failure case.
Degree ProgramMining Geological & Geophysical Engineering