Experimental Research on Failure Modes of Specimen Containing Non-Coplanar Joints
To study the failure mechanism and failure mode of jointed rock under compressive-shear, many rock-like material specimens containing non-coplanar joints were made and a series of experiments were carried out. In the experiments, mica sheets were used as joint fillings, cement mortar was selected as rock-like material. Joints were made by inserting the mica sheet in cement mortar before initial setting. Mica sheets were left down as joint fillings. The results of experiments show that the dip angles of major joint have important influence on the failure mode of specimens. And the emerging position of wing cracks which exist in the prophase of specimens failure process changes with the dip angle. The shear strength of specimens has an important relationship with the dip angle of major joints. The smallest shear strength happens in the specimen with a joint angle of 15°, while the biggest value happens in 60°.
Jimmy (C.M.) Kao, Wen-Pei Sung and Ran Chen
P. Cao et al., "Experimental Research on Failure Modes of Specimen Containing Non-Coplanar Joints", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 779-780, pp. 332-336, 2013