Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 169–181 | Cite as

Analyses of Inclined Cracks Neighboring Two Iso-Path Cracks in Rock-Like Specimens Under Compression

  • Abolfazl Abdollahipour
  • Mohammad Fatehi Marji
Original paper


Crack propagation process in pre-cracked rock like specimens has been studied experimentally and numerically considering three cracks in the middle part of each specimen. The rock-like specimens are specially prepared from Portland pozzolana cement, fine sands and water. These pre-cracked cylindrical specimens (each containing a single inclined crack in the neighborhood of two iso-path cracks) are experimentally tested under compressive loading. The same problems are numerically simulated by a modified displacement discontinuity method using higher order displacement discontinuity elements and higher order special crack tip elements for crack tip treatment to increase the accuracy of the Mode I and Mode II stress intensity factors obtained based on linear elastic fracture mechanics theory. The crack propagation and coalescence paths of the inclined crack are estimated by implementing a suitable iteration algorithm of incremental crack length extension in a direction predicted by using the maximum tangential stress criterion. The numerical and analytical crack extension analyses are compared which are in good agreement and show the validity, applicability and accuracy of the present work.


Inclined crack Iso-path cracks Rock-like specimens Crack propagation Numerical analyses Experimental analyses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical EngineeringYazd UniversityYazdIran

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