Creep behaviours of argillaceous sandstone: An experimental and modelling study

Huaiguo Zheng, Qingxiang Cai, Wei Zhou, Xiang Lu, Ming Li, Chongchong Qi, Izhar Mithal Jiskani, Yu Zhang

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Understanding the creep behaviours of rocks is essential for the long-term stability of underground excavations in mining engineering. Creep behaviours are more important when the mining depth is greater, which leads to the emergence of weak rock masses and high in situ stresses. In this study, the creep behaviours of argillaceous sandstone (AS) were systematically investigated. For the experimental investigation, creep tests were conducted on AS with different confining pressures (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 MPa) using an MTS815.02 rock mechanics test system. The mechanical characteristics of AS were analysed. For the numerical study, a nonlinear creep model of AS under equal and different confining pressures was established based on rock creep theory and plastic theory. The results showed that confining pressure could effectively improve the creep failure strength of AS, accelerating its creep deformation rate and process and reducing the final expansion volume. The nonlinear creep model was embedded in the FLAC3D software, and the experimental and numerical results agreed well. The experimental investigation and proposed creep model can provide important guidance in underground mines for safe long-term stability of underground excavations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7602
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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