An analytical model for the indentation of rocks by blunt tools

H. Alehossein, Emmanuel M Detournay, H. Huang

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Abstract

A methodology based on the cavity expansion model is developed to analyze the indentation of rocks by a class of blunt indenters. The analysis covers the particular self-similar case of indentation by blunt wedges or cones. As an example, the main results for the indentation of rocks by a spherical tool are presented and the analytical solution is compared with experimental results obtained by indenting a sphere in Harcourt granite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-284
Number of pages18
JournalRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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