PhD research files:
Application of FEM/DEM-DFN Modelling in Rock Engineering
Применение метода конечно-граничных элементов для решения геомеханических задач
rock mass fracturing due to stress redistribution; block caving - cave initiation, cave propagation mechanism, crown pillar collapse surface subsidence development; block cave - open pit interaction, rock bridge failure, slope stability
1. BLOCK CAVING
1.1. Cave Development Mechanism in a Homogeneous Rockmass
1.2. Influence of Geological Structure on Cave Propagation
contours illustrate vertical displacements 10cm(red)/1m(blue).
Contrasting with the animation given below, note the role of joint orientation in initial cave propagation and the governing role of a fault in subsidence development.
1.3. Simulation of Block Caving and Surface Subsidence Development
1.4. Simulation of Block Caving and Surface Subsidence Development, Stalled Cave, Crown Pillar Failure
2. LARGE OPEN PIT - BLOCK CAVE INTERACTION
Illustration of block caving induced open pit slope instability: failure in rock bridges of non-coplanar step path joints dipping into the cave. more info
3. SLOPE FAILURE
Illustration of a joint controlled slope failure: rock fracturing initiation, failure surface formation, collapse and debris run-off.
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