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Numerical modeling of rock fracture mechanism under disc cutters and associated cutter spacing optimization


Liang, Z-Z and Yu, Y and Tang, S-B and Liu, H and Tang, C-A, Numerical modeling of rock fracture mechanism under disc cutters and associated cutter spacing optimization, Journal of Mining and Safety Engineering, 29, (1) pp. 84-90. ISSN 1673-3363 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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In this paper,a numerical code of RFPA was applied to simulate the rock fracture mechanism under disc cutters of TBM.The fracture processes of rock specimens with confining pressure subjected to a single cutter,double cutters and three cutters were investigated respectively,and the cutter spacing was optimized under the action of multi-cutters.The results show that the whole fracture process under the action of single cutter has four stages: powder formation,crack nucleation,side crack initiation and propagation,and chip formation,and the rock fracture is dominated by tensile stress,accompanied by shear stress and compressive stress,etc.Under the confining pressure,the cracks parallel to confining pressure are easier to initiation and propagation,and more beneficial to the coalescence of side crack.Moreover,obvious synergistic effect is found between the neighboring cutters,and with the increase of cutter spacing,the specific energy consumed to rock fracturing increases in the beginning stages,and will decrease,when the spacing is beyond a critical value.The simulation results agree well with experimental ones,and will be beneficial to TBM design and disc cutter arrangement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rock breaking under disc cutter, crack propagation, cutter spacing optimization
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy
Research Field:Geomechanics and resources geotechnical engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Civil construction processes
UTAS Author:Liu, H (Dr Hong Liu)
ID Code:93772
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2014-08-15
Last Modified:2014-08-18

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