ABSTRACT

In this paper, several new developments regarding the failure, fracture and fragmentation of rocks will be discussed. The first topic discussed is the development of true-triaxial failure criteria that involve all three principal stresses. The next topic is a new approach to modelling the propagation of cracks and fractures using accurate local calculations of the stress intensity factor. Lastly, a method for fracture-driven rock fragmentation with a velocity-dependent propagation law is discussed.

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