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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 4360321, 14 pages
Research Article

Analysis on the Mechanical Characteristics and Energy Conversion of Sandstone Constituents under Natural and Saturated States

Xinrong Liu1,2 and Jun Liu1,2

1College of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
2Key Laboratory of New Technology for Construction of Cities in Mountain Area (Chongqing University), Ministry of Education, Chongqing 400030, China

Received 15 June 2016; Revised 11 August 2016; Accepted 14 August 2016

Academic Editor: Hossein Moayedi

Copyright © 2016 Xinrong Liu and Jun Liu. 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.


Given that apparent differences exist between physical and mechanical properties of sandstone constituents under natural and saturated states, uniaxial and triaxial tests of sandstone specimens taken from a deep tunnel in Chongqing under the two states were, respectively, conducted in the laboratory. Analysis on the energy conversion of sandstone constituents under natural and saturated states reveals the varying strain energy conversion mechanisms under the two different conditions. It shows that water saturation has significant effects on the strength and deformation characteristics of sandstone constituents. The load bearing capacity and nondeformability decrease once the sandstone constituents are saturated. The strength weakening due to water in saturated specimens mainly takes place after the dilatancy stress and reaches its maximum at the peak stress . Strain energies of sandstone constituents under the saturated state are lower than those under the natural state, which indicates that water reduces the strain energy absorption. The strain energy of specimens at the peak stress point under the two states has a good linear positive correlation with the confining pressure. Moreover, the fitting curve of the case under the natural state has a higher slope, which means that the strain energy under such state is more sensitive to the confining pressure than that under the saturated state.