Breakage of rocks by pulsed electric discharge at elevated pressures and temperatures


The process of electric-pulse-induced breakage of sandstone, limestone, and granite at elevated pressures (up to 350 atm) and temperatures (up to 110°C) has been studied. The dependences of the material fracture depth, breakage output, and specific energy consumption on the temperature and pressure are determined.

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Original Russian Text © V.F. Vazhov, R.R. Gafarov, S.Yu. Datskevich, M.Yu. Zhurkov, V.V. Lopatin, V.M. Muratov, B. Jeffryes, 2011, published in Pis’ma v Zhurnal Tekhnicheskoĭ Fiziki, 2011, Vol. 37, No. 8, pp. 79–85.

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Vazhov, V.F., Gafarov, R.R., Datskevich, S.Y. et al. Breakage of rocks by pulsed electric discharge at elevated pressures and temperatures. Tech. Phys. Lett. 37, 383 (2011).

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  • Sandstone
  • Technical Physic Letter
  • Elevated Pressure
  • Specific Energy Consumption
  • Spall Fracture