The concept of smooth joint model (SJM) provides a simple and effective way of modeling the interface behavior of a planar rock joint within the discrete element method (DEM) framework. The incomplete understanding of the roles of all micro-parameters of smooth joint model has hampered the application of this technique to the investigation of fracture mechanics of joint rock masses. This paper fills this gap by offering a comprehensive picture of the capabilities and limitations of the current smooth joint model . The significance of the current work lies in the potentials of enhanced model capability in modeling a range of complex rock joint behavior such as fracture propagation, coalescence and networking. In a more general sense, the results of this paper will also be useful for the research on the damage mechanics of geomaterials as discontinuous media on an array of fine scales, such as single sand particle breakage, etc.
Dan Huang1, Jianfeng Wang2, Su Liu2Show Affiliations
- Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
- Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
This paper reports the results from a comprehensive numerical study on the effects of micro-parameters of the smooth joint model (SJM) on the macro-properties and the associated failure modes of synthetic rock masses (SRM) under the uniaxial compression condition using the three dimensional discrete element method. Important mechanical and geometrical micro-parameters of smooth joint model that show significant effects on the macro-properties and the failure modes of SRM are identified. Strong coupling effects are found to exist between various important micro-parameters so that the eventual sample failure is a result of the complicated interaction among these micro-parameters. A limitation of the current stress-dilatancy relation accounting for the joint roughness effect is also identified. The numerical results presented in this paper are valuable for the evaluation of the current model capability in simulating and predicting the shear failure behavior of rock masses, and the further improvement of the model for its full application to the study of the behavior of real rock masses at the laboratory or field scales.Go To Granular Matter