Wen-jie XU*, Zhong-qi YUE, Rui-lin HU.
Study on the Mesostructure and Mesomechanical Characteristics of the Soil-Rock Mixture Using Digital Image Processing Based Finite Element Method.
International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2008, 45(5): 749-762. (SCI)
Abstrat: The soil-rock mixture(SRM) is a kind of inhomogeneous geomaterial,which poses difficulties of in situ sample acquisition and in laboratory geomaterial tests;hence,the study of the SRM's mechanical properties is still at an early stage.In this paper,the technique of digital image processing based on the finite element method(DIP-FEM) is introduced to study SRMs in the Leaping Tiger Gorge Reservoir Area,China.Based on the DIP,the mesostructural characteristics of the SRM are analyzed statistically.The mesostructural concept model of SRM that can actually represent the inhomogeneity of SRM is built.By using geometry vectorizaiton transformation, the mesostructural model of SRM in the binary image format has been translated into a vector format(such as DWG or DXF format) which can be imported into the finite element software.By using the finite element method,two large-scale direct shear tests of inhomogeneous SRM and homogeneous soil are simulated.The numerical results indicate that the existence of "rock" blocks in SRM will greatly influence the distribution and the failure models of the internal stress field.As a result,three kinds of failure models of the SRM are put forward.