Splitting failure in brittle rocks containing pre-existing flaws under uniaxial compression

R. H.C. Wong, C. A. Tang, Kam Tim Chau, P. Lin

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Splitting failure of rock specimen containing pre-existing crack-like flaws under compression is numerically investigated using Rock Failure Process Analysis (RFPA2D). Crack growth from single, triple and multi-crack-like flaws contained in numerical specimens are studied. The analysis of parameters, such as angle and length of the flaws, specimen width and the arrangement of flaw locations, is conducted to examine its influence on the growth and coalescence behaviour. Flaw length, flaw location and stress interaction between the nearby flaws are found to be important factors affecting the behaviour of crack initiation, propagation and coalescence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1853-1871
Number of pages19
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2002


  • Coalescence
  • Crack
  • Flaw
  • Numerical simulation
  • Splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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