Journal Published Online: 22 September 2014
Volume 37, Issue 6

New Multi-Stage Triaxial Compression Test to Investigate the Loading-Rate Dependence of Rock Strength



Compression tests for investigating the time-dependence of rock under confining pressures are time consuming and require more specimens than do uniaxial compression tests. In this study, a new testing method combining multi-stage confining pressure and alternating loading rate is proposed to investigate the loading-rate dependence of triaxial compressive strength from a small amount of rock sample. In the test, a small-size rock specimen 10 mm in diameter and 20 mm in height was loaded under a strain rate alternating between slow and fast and under a confining pressure increased once just after reaching the peak strength. Strengths corresponding to two strain rates and two confining pressures could be obtained from one specimen. The cohesion, angle of internal friction, and loading-rate dependence of strength from the data were consistent with those from the commonly used triaxial compression tests under a constant strain rate or constant confining pressure. The proposed test with a small amount of rock sample can reduce not only the time and cost but also the environmental load of sampling in situ.

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Hashiba, K.
Dept. of Systems Innovation, the Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, JP
Fukui, K.
Dept. of Systems Innovation, the Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, JP
Pages: 6
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Stock #: GTJ20140061
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20140061