The coalescence of frictional cracks and the shear zone formation in brittle solids under compressive stresses

R. H C Wong, Kam Tim Chau

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The mechanism of crack coalescence and peak strength of rock-like materials containing parallel frictional cracks under uniaxial compression loading is studied. Two different sizes of specimens are used. Various values of inclination of preexisting cracks α, bridge angle β and the frictional coefficient μ are used for parametric studies. Two 'rules of failure' for the specimens containing three cracks are proposed, and tested using results of the present study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences & Geomechanics Abstracts
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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