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Bonded Particle Model for Jointed Rock Mass
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Engineering Geology and Geophysics.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Jointed rock masses are formed of intact rock and joints. There-fore, proper characterization of rock mass behavior has to consid-er the combined behavior of the intact rock blocks and that of the joints.

This thesis presents the theoretical background of the Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) modeling technique along with example applica-tions. The SRM technique is a new approach for simulating the mechanical behavior of jointed rock masses. The technique uses the Bonded Particle Model (BPM) for rock to represent intact ma-terial and the Smooth-Joint Contact Model (SJM) to represent the in situ joint network. In this manner, the macroscopic behaviour of an SRM sample depends on both the creation of new fractures through intact material, and slip/opening of pre-existing joints. SRM samples containing thousands of non-persistent joints can be submitted to standard laboratory tests (UCS, triaxial loading, and direct tension tests) or tested under a non-trivial stress path repre-sentative of the stresses induced during the engineering activity under study.

Output from the SRM methodology includes pre-peak properties (modulus, damage threshold, peak strength) and post-peak proper-ties (brittleness, dilation angle, residual strength, fragmentation). Of particular interest is the ability to obtain predictions of rock mass scale effects, anisotropy and brittleness; properties that can-not be obtained using empirical methods of property estimation. Additionally, the nature of yielding and fracturing can be studied as the rock mass fails. This information can improve our understand-ing of rock mass failure mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2010. , xii, 94 p.
Trita-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 1058
Keyword [en]
Bonded particle model; Smooth-joint contact model; Discrete fracture network; Synthetic rock mass; Jointed rock mass
National Category
Geophysical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-12055ISBN: 978-91-7415-559-4OAI: diva2:300557
Public defence
2010-03-11, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 13:15 (English)
QC20100720Available from: 2010-02-26 Created: 2010-02-26 Last updated: 2010-07-20Bibliographically approved

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