Discrete element modelling of rock cutting

Haiying Huang, Emmanuel Detournay, Benoit Bellier

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The paper deals with a numerical analysis of rock cutting experiments using the discrete element method. The main objective of this research is to establish if the occurence of the two failure modes observed in rock cutting experiments (ductile at small depth of cut, brittle at large depth) can be duplicated in numerical simulation. The numerical analysis is carried out with the discrete element code PFC2D which models solids as a collection of bonded disks. Scaling laws are first established between the micro-properties at the particle scale (such as the mean particle radius, and bond strengths) and the apparent material properties at the macroscopic scale (such as the compressive strength σc and the toughness KIC). Cutting tests are then performed with a particle assembly of rock-like properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVail Rocks 1999 - 37th U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics (USRMS)
Editors Kranz, Smeallie, Scott, Amadei
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9058090523, 9789058090522
StatePublished - 1999
Event37th U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics, Vail Rocks 1999 - Vail, United States
Duration: Jun 7 1999Jun 9 1999

Publication series

NameVail Rocks 1999 - 37th U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics (USRMS)


Other37th U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics, Vail Rocks 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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Publisher Copyright:
© 1999 Balkema, Rotterdam.


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