Evolution of the shape parameter in the Weibull distribution for brittle rocks under uniaxial compression

Published on Jun 1, 2018in Arabian Journal of Geosciences1.327
· DOI :10.1007/S12517-018-3689-X
Baicun Yang5
Estimated H-index: 5
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Baicun Yang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 0 AuthorsMiaomiao Wang2
Estimated H-index: 2
Applying the statistical damage theory based on the Weibull distribution to describe rock deformation and failure processes is an important development in rock mechanics. The shape parameter of the Weibull distribution, m, determines the basic shape of the distribution curve; additionally, it also represents a physical characteristic which can be applied when constructing rock constitutive models. To study the evolution of m during rock failure when applying the Weibull distribution to rock mechanics, uniaxial cyclic loading tests of shale specimens were conducted and previous rock mechanics experiments under different temperatures and loading rates were reviewed. The results indicate that m varied with the accumulation of damage but was almost constant between the volume expansion point and the peak strength point of each specimen. Combined with previous studies about the accelerated failure behavior of rocks, we conclude that between the volume expansion point and the peak strength point, the mechanical behavior of the rock fracture process did not change significantly. Based on the characteristics of m at different damage stages during the rock failure process, ranges of m values at different damage stages are proposed. The conclusions reached in this study may be used as an important reference for theoretical research on rock mechanics.
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