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Journal Article

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Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering




Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources




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Li, H., Zhong, R., Pel, L., Smeulders, D., You, Z. (2023). A new volumetric strain-based method for determining the crack initiation threshold of rocks under compression. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. Advance online publication.


The crack initiation stress threshold ( ci) is an essential parameter in the brittle failure process of rocks. In this paper, a volumetric strain response method (VSRM) is proposed to determine the σci based on two new concepts, i.e., the dilatancy resistance state index ( ci) and the maximum value of the dilatancy resistance state index difference (| ci|), which represent the state of dilatancy resistance of the rock and the shear sliding resistance capacity of the crack-like pores during the compressive period, respectively. The deviatoric stress corresponding to the maximum | ci| is taken as the ci . We then examine the feasibility and validity of the VSRM using the experimental results. The results from the VSRM are also compared with those calculated by other strain-based methods, including the volumetric strain method (VSM), crack volumetric strain method (CVSM), lateral strain method (LSM) and lateral strain response method (LSRM). Compared with the other methods, the VSRM is effective and reduces subjectivity when determining the ci . Finally, with the help of the proposed VSRM, influences from chemical corrosion and confining stress on the ci and ci of the carbonate rock are analyzed. This study provides a subjective and practical method for determining σci . Moreover, it sheds light on the effects of confinement and chemical corrosion on σci .



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