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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 292809, 16 pages
Research Article

Application of Base Force Element Method on Complementary Energy Principle to Rock Mechanics Problems

The Key Laboratory of Urban Security and Disaster Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China

Received 24 August 2014; Accepted 5 September 2014

Academic Editor: Song Cen

Copyright © 2015 Yijiang Peng 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.


The four-mid-node plane model of base force element method (BFEM) on complementary energy principle is used to analyze the rock mechanics problems. The method to simulate the crack propagation using the BFEM is proposed. And the calculation method of safety factor for rock mass stability was presented for the BFEM on complementary energy principle. The numerical researches show that the results of the BFEM are consistent with the results of conventional quadrilateral isoparametric element and quadrilateral reduced integration element, and the nonlinear BFEM has some advantages in dealing crack propagation and calculating safety factor of stability.