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    The stability analysis of jointed rock slope

    ZHANG Hong-tao1, ZHAO Yu-fei2, Wang Xiao-chun1, Liu Ying-hua3

    The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, Vol.16, No.2, pp. 49-50, 2011, DOI:10.3970/icces.2011.016.049

    Abstract This paper is to study the stability of jointed rock slope using the Goodman joint element and upper bound limit analysis. Assumed the constitutes of rock masses, rock block and joint, obey perfect rigid plasticity and Mohr-Coulomb yield criterion, an upper bound finite element formulation is build to study the stability analysis of jointed rock slope using the Goodman joint element. A nonlinear mathematical programming is formulated with equation constraints and the loading factor of external load or self-weight as the objective function, and a direct iterative algorithm is constructed to solve it. Numerical results are given to illustrate the… More >

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    Homogenized response of jointed rock masses with periodic fields

    J. Gajdošík1, M. Šejnoha1, J. Zeman1

    The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, Vol.4, No.2, pp. 129-136, 2007, DOI:10.3970/icces.2007.004.129

    Abstract Rock masses with relatively high concentration of discontinuities or joints are considered. Being aware of limitations of various averaging techniques such as the self consistent or Mori-Tanaka methods in providing reliable estimates of generally nonlinear macroscopic response of jointed rock masses, the paper introduces a notion of statistically equivalent periodic unit cell (SEPUC). Such a unit cell contains, in order to reduce the problem complexity, of the orders of magnitude less number of joints in comparison with the actual material system. In analogy with two-phase composites, the SEPUC is expected to be found in a statistical sense by matching suitable… More >

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    Block Theory and Its Application to a Water-Conveyance Tunnel Project

    Zixin Zhang1,2,*, Shuaifeng Wang1,2, Xin Huang1,2

    The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, Vol.21, No.2, pp. 29-29, 2019, DOI:10.32604/icces.2019.04704

    Abstract Block theory is widely used in numerical simulation of rock engineering due to its concision and fast-calculation. The paper proposes block theory for TBM (tunnel boring machine) tunnels to extend the traditional block theory applicative for tunnels excavated by TBM. In the proposed method, TBM-block interaction forces are taken into consideration. Subsequently, an index is proposed to estimate the stability of the TBM tunnel based on safety factor at every given chainage of the tunnel. Finally, a real water-conveyance tunnel project is studied with block theory for TBM tunnels. The simulation results include the joint characterization, classification identification of different… More >

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    Using the Discontinuous Deformation Analysis to Model Wave Propagations in Jointed Rock Masses

    Y.J. Ning1,2,3, Z.Y. Zhao3, J.P. Sun3, W.F. Yuan1,2

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.3, pp. 221-262, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.221

    Abstract In this paper, wave propagations in jointed rock masses are modeled by the discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) method. The selection of the numerical control parameters in the DDA for wave propagation modeling is discussed in detail, and the effects of the joint stiffness, the seismic loading frequency, the joint strength, and the incident angle on the propagations of stress waves in a jointed rock mass are modeled and analyzed. Two nonreflecting boundary conditions including the viscous boundary condition (VBC) and the superposition boundary condition (SBC) are coupled into the DDA. The applicability of the two nonreflecting boundary conditions for simple… More >

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