Numerical modelling of rock materials with polygonal ﬁnite elements
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|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Aug 2017|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
This article presents some preliminary results on numerical modeling of rock materials with polygonal ﬁnite elements. A method to describe the rock microstructure based on Voronoi diagrams, representing the rock grain texture, is sketched. In this method, the minerals constituting the rock are represented as Voronoi cells which themselves are polygonal ﬁnite elements. A three-point bending problem under plane stress linear elasticity condition is solved in order to compare the performance of polygonal elements to ordinary ﬁnite elements. Moreover, it is demonstrated by solving the stress state in uni-axial compression that the heterogeneity described with the present method results in short-range tensile stresses which could initiate mode-I cracks.