The Effects of Three-Dimensional Penny-Shaped Cracks on Zonal Disintegration of the Surrounding Rock Masses Around a Deep Circular Tunnel
In this study, it was assumed that three-dimensional penny-shaped cracks existed in deep rock masses. A new non-Euclidean model was established, in which the effects of penny-shaped cracks and axial in-situ stress on zonal disintegration of deep rock masses were taken into account. Based on the non-Euclidean model, the stress intensity factors at tips of the penny-shaped cracks were determined. The strain energy density factor was applied to investigate the occurrence of fractured zones. It was observed from the numerical results that the magnitude and location of fractured zones were sensitive to micro- and macro-mechanical parameters, as well as the value of in-situ stress. The numerical results were in good agreement with the experimental data.
Key Wordsdeep rock masses containing penny-shaped cracks the non-Euclidean model axial in-situ stress fractured zones zonal disintegration phenomenon deep circular tunnel
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