To study the uniaxial compression performance of artificial rock samples with symmetrical and asymmetrical regular dentate discontinuities, uniaxial compression tests and Particle Flow Code (PFC) numerical simulation are conducted on cement mortar specimens, and the combined effects of dip angle, undulation angle, and number of undulating structures of cracks on the compressive strength, peak strain, elastic modulus, and crack propagation in the specimens are studied. Among these parameters, undulating structure is defined as a single regular dentate structure in the dentate discontinuity; dip angle is the angle between the bottom line of the undulating shape and the horizontal line; undulating angle is the angle between the bottom line of the undulating structure and the left line of the undulating shape; and the number of undulating structures is the number of undulating structures in the dentate discontinuity. The experimental and numerical simulation results show that when the number of the undulating structures and undulating angles remain unchanged, the uniaxial compressive strength of the specimens peak at a dip angle of 90°. In addition, when the dip and undulating angles remain unchanged, the compressive strength, peak strain, and elastic modulus of the specimens decrease with an increase in the number of undulating structures. Moreover, when the number of undulating structures and the dip angle remain unchanged, the compressive strength, peak strain, and elastic modulus of the specimens decrease with an increase in the undulating angle. Further, almost all of the new cracks in the specimens initiate at the tip of the prefabricated cracks.

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Posted 07 May, 2021

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On 18 Mar, 2021

To study the uniaxial compression performance of artificial rock samples with symmetrical and asymmetrical regular dentate discontinuities, uniaxial compression tests and Particle Flow Code (PFC) numerical simulation are conducted on cement mortar specimens, and the combined effects of dip angle, undulation angle, and number of undulating structures of cracks on the compressive strength, peak strain, elastic modulus, and crack propagation in the specimens are studied. Among these parameters, undulating structure is defined as a single regular dentate structure in the dentate discontinuity; dip angle is the angle between the bottom line of the undulating shape and the horizontal line; undulating angle is the angle between the bottom line of the undulating structure and the left line of the undulating shape; and the number of undulating structures is the number of undulating structures in the dentate discontinuity. The experimental and numerical simulation results show that when the number of the undulating structures and undulating angles remain unchanged, the uniaxial compressive strength of the specimens peak at a dip angle of 90°. In addition, when the dip and undulating angles remain unchanged, the compressive strength, peak strain, and elastic modulus of the specimens decrease with an increase in the number of undulating structures. Moreover, when the number of undulating structures and the dip angle remain unchanged, the compressive strength, peak strain, and elastic modulus of the specimens decrease with an increase in the undulating angle. Further, almost all of the new cracks in the specimens initiate at the tip of the prefabricated cracks.

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