Physical and Mechanical Characterization of Himalayan Dolomite

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In the present work, dynamic stress-strain response of Himalayan dolomite is tested under high loading rates using 38 mm split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) device. The physical and static mechanical properties of dolomite e.g. density, specific gravity, static compressive strength and elastic modulus values are also determined. Petrological studies of dolomite are carried out through X-ray diffraction (XRD) test and scanning electron microscope (SEM) test. In the SHPB tests, it is observed from the stress-strain response that the dynamic peak stress increases with increasing strain rate whereas the elastic modulus does not show any clear trend with an increase in strain rate. Dynamic force equilibrium at the incident and transmission bar ends of the rock samples is attained in all tests till the failure of the rock samples. Dynamic increase factor (DIF) for the rock is determined at a particular strain rate by comparing the dynamic to static peak compressive stress.


Dynamic Increase Factor (DIF) Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) SHPB Test Transmission Bar Peak Stress Increases 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) DelhiHauz Khas, New DelhiIndia

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