Energy theory and application of rocks

  • Zhonghu ZhaoEmail author
  • Wenpeng Ma
  • Xiangyu Fu
  • Jiahao Yuan
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  1. Geo-Resources-Earth-Environmental Sciences


Rock energy theory and its application have an important significance on the analysis of the essential reason of rock failure, and the optimization of design and construction of rock engineering. Recently, research studies on the rock mechanics based on the energy principle and rock mechanics from energy theory have been done. Aiming at the main contents of this field, combining with the experimental results, theoretical analysis, and numerical simulation, and according to the rock energy reserve, release, and dissipation mechanism, the energy conversion characteristics of rock during the deformation and failure are summarized. Then, the various energy damage constitutive models of rock are introduced. Finally, the research on rock energy strength criteria and engineering applications of rock energy theory are reviewed. Moreover, the scope of their applications is clarified, and the defects and application prospect of these studies are proposed. However, there are still many key scientific problems in rock energy theory and its application research. Based on above, the prospects for future research in this field are provided.


Energy theory Rock mechanics Constitutive model Strength criterion Engineering application 


Funding information

This study was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds of the Central Universities (Grant No. lzujbky-2016-110) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41674046) and the China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201606185039).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhonghu Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wenpeng Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiangyu Fu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jiahao Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China, Ministry of Education of ChinaLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Civil Engineering and MechanicsLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina

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