Volume 33, Issue 3 (May 2005)

    Numerical Investigation of Joint Effect on Shock Wave Propagation in Jointed Rock Masses

    (Received 11 July 2004; accepted 15 December 2004)

    Published Online: 2005

    CODEN: JTEOAD

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    Abstract

    To investigate the joint effect on shock wave propagation and attenuation in jointed rock masses, a small-scale field explosion test is analyzed numerically by using the three-dimensional discrete element method (3D DEM) and the three-dimensional finite difference method (3D FDM). Results show that rock joints act as a kind of filter through which only low frequency shock waves are allowed to pass. This indicates that high frequency shock waves do no harm to far-field structures when they have to travel across joint sets with specific spacing. Results also reveal that the orientation of the joint sets can remarkably affect the amplitude and frequency composition of shock waves. Furthermore, as a discontinuous numerical method, 3D DEM can capture the main features of shock waves, and most importantly, it can simulate the 3D effect of rock joints. It can be concluded that in modelling 3D shock wave propagation and attenuation in jointed rock masses, 3D DEM has unique advantages over 2D modeling, 3D FDM, and even field testing.


    Author Information:

    Jiao, YY
    Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, P. R.,

    Fan, SC
    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University,

    Zhao, J
    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University,


    Stock #: JTE12680

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE12680

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    Title Numerical Investigation of Joint Effect on Shock Wave Propagation in Jointed Rock Masses
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