A numerical study of the significance of joint roughness in discontinuum modelling

A. Mortazavi, A. Bonakdar

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Abstract

The aim of this work was to develop an algorithm to enable the consideration of joint roughness in numerical calculations using discontinuum methods. Joint roughness profiles obtained from field measurements were converted to simplified yet realistic line segments which can be used as input for numerical modeling. In this research, the joint macroscale roughness, according to Barton's roughness profile (JRC), was implemented into the DDA method. In this study, a new code, JProfiler, was developed to carry out this task. Important features of the developed code, JProfiler, are: the capability to import arbitrary images as joint roughness profile of varying scales, point data manipulation, and data visualization. Accordingly, the modified DDA code was applied to the analysis of typical blocky rock mass systems. The analysis results show that the consideration of joint roughness is very important and significantly affects the behavior of the blocky rock mass media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Advances in Discontinuous Numerical Methods and Applications in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, ICADD 10
PublisherCRC Press
Pages133-138
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780415684040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 24 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Advances in Discontinuous Numerical Methods and Applications in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, ICADD 10 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2011Dec 8 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Advances in Discontinuous Numerical Methods and Applications in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, ICADD 10

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Advances in Discontinuous Numerical Methods and Applications in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, ICADD 10
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period12/6/1112/8/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Numerical Analysis

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