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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 2384579, 10 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2384579
Research Article

Simulation Study on Strength and Failure Characteristics for Granite with a Set of Cross-Joints of Different Lengths

1State Key Laboratory of Mine Disaster Prevention and Control, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
2Key Laboratory of Safety and High-Efficiency Coal Mining, Ministry of Education, Anhui University of Science and Technology, Huainan 232001, China
3Centre for Geosciences Computing, School of Earth Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Shaojie Chen; moc.361@bywjsc

Received 16 September 2017; Revised 4 January 2018; Accepted 14 January 2018; Published 13 March 2018

Academic Editor: Rihong Cao

Copyright © 2018 Dawei Yin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The strength and failure characteristics for granite specimen with a set of cross-joints of different lengths were studied using PFC2D software. The results show that when the included angle of between the main joint and loading direction is 30° or 45°, no matter what the included angle of between main and secondary joints is, the main joint controls crack propagation and failure of granite specimen, which occurs the shear failure propagating from main joint tips, and the corresponding uniaxial compressive strength is low. Meanwhile, the secondary joint is the key joint for crack propagation and failure at of 0° and 90° except when is 90°. The granite specimen occurs the shear failure propagating from secondary joint tips. And, the shear failure crossing upper tips of main and secondary joints is found at of 0° or 90° and of 90°. Their uniaxial compressive strengths are large. Also, the combined actions of main and secondary joints determine crack propagation and failure at of 60° except when is 90°. The granite specimen occurs the hybrid failure, including shear failure propagating from main joint tips and tensile failure propagating from main and secondary joints center or secondary joint tips. And, when is 60° and is 90°, the granite specimen occurs the shear failure along secondary joint plane direction, and its uniaxial compressive strength is small. Generally, when or is a fixed value, the uniaxial compressive strength firstly decreases and then increases with the increase of or . Additionally, when is 60° and , the uniaxial compressive strength represents a decreasing trend. The uniaxial compressive strength at and between 30° and 60° is generally small. Finally, the microdisplacement field distributions of granite specimen were discussed.