Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 52, Issue 11, pp 4273–4286 | Cite as

Experimental Investigation on Mechanical and Acoustic Parameters of Different Depth Shale Under The Effect of Confining Pressure

  • Guanghui Jiang
  • Jianping ZuoEmail author
  • Yulin Li
  • Xu Wei
Original Paper


Investigations on the effects of confining pressure and burial depth on mechanical and acoustic parameters are significant for studying the deep shale deformation, failure rule, and hydraulic fracturing. Shale specimens at six different depth levels ranging from 1535 to 1635 m have been collected from a shale gas well in southwest China. RTR-1000 rapid rock triaxial testing system has been applied to carry out the mechanical and acoustic experiments with 19 shale specimens. The experimental results revealed that the peak deviatoric stress, peak axial strain, peak volumetric strain, residual stress, and axial wave velocity are directly proportional to confining pressure and burial depth, whereas elastic modulus is not affected much by both confining pressure and burial depth and the Poisson ratio decreases with the increase of confining pressure. In the burial depth range 1535–1635 m, the variation of Poisson’s ratio is not obvious with the depth changes, and their relationship has high randomicity. The Wave velocity Anisotropy of tested shale is greatly affected by the degree of stratification development rather than the corresponding crustal stress. The coefficient of variation and the degree of stratification development are inversely proportional to burial depth. The axial wave velocity of shale is closely related to the loading process. In the compaction stage, wave velocity increases rapidly with the increase of strain. And in the elastic yielding stage, wave velocity increases slowly along with the strain build-up. This study will help to deepen the understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of Wuxi shale and guide the shale gas exploitation in China.


Confining pressure Burial depth Wuxi Shale Mechanical parameter Acoustic parameter 



This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41877257, 51622404 and 11572343), Yueqi Outstanding Scholar Award Program by CUMTB, the State Key Research Development Program of China (2016YFC0801404) and Beijing Outstanding Young Scientist. The authors would also like to thank Lei Liu from the University of South Australia, for the English writing check.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guanghui Jiang
    • 1
  • Jianping Zuo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yulin Li
    • 1
  • Xu Wei
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanics and Civil EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe MiningChina University of Mining and TechnologyBeijingChina

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