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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2181438, 10 pages
Research Article

Fractal Characteristics of Rock Fracture Surface under Triaxial Compression after High Temperature

1School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Nantong University, Nantong 226019, China
2State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics and Deep Underground Engineering, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China

Received 15 June 2016; Accepted 8 September 2016

Academic Editor: Mikhael Bechelany

Copyright © 2016 X. L. Xu and Z. Z. Zhang. 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.


Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) test on 30 pieces of fractured granite has been researched by using S250MK III SEM under triaxial compression of different temperature (25~1000°C) and confining pressure (0~40 MPa). Research results show that () the change of fractal dimension (FD) of rock fracture with temperature is closely related to confining pressure, which can be divided into two categories. In the first category, when confining pressure is in 0~30 MPa, FD fits cubic polynomial fitting curve with temperature, reaching the maximum at 600°C. In the second category, when confining pressure is in 30~40 MPa, FD has volatility with temperature. () The FD of rock fracture varies with confining pressure and is also closely related to the temperature, which can be divided into three categories. In the first category, FD has volatility with confining pressure at 25°C, 400°C, and 800°C. In the second category, it increases exponentially at 200°C and 1000°C. In the third category, it decreases exponentially at 600°C. () It is found that 600°C is the critical temperature and 30 MPa is the critical confining pressure of granite. The rock transfers from brittle to plastic phase transition when temperature exceeds 600°C and confining pressure exceeds 30 MPa.