Modelling P-wave transmission across rock fractures by particle manifold method (PMM)

J. Zhao, L. Sun, Jianbo Zhu

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In the study of wave attenuation across fractured rock masses different methods are applied to deal with various properties of rock fractures. The particle manifold method (PMM) is a new numerical method for coupled continuum-discontinuum analysis. It simplifies the geometrical operation in the traditional numerical manifold method (NMM) by adopting a unique particle representation of the physical domain. The contact description in the PMM is explicit. In this paper, the PMM is used to model P-wave transmission across rock fractures with different properties. Both continuous and discontinuous models are implemented into the PMM. By comparisons with the theoretical solutions, the PMM is validated for modelling wave transmission across rock fractures treated continuously and discontinuously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalGeomechanics and Geoengineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • filled fracture
  • fracture set
  • particle manifold method (PMM)
  • rock fracture
  • wave transmission and attenuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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