A microcrack based continuous damage model for brittle geomaterials

J. F. Shao*, J. W. Rudnicki

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A new microcrack based continuous damage model is developed to describe the behavior of brittle geomaterials under compression dominated stress fields. The induced damage is represented by a second rank tensor. The effective elastic compliance of damaged material is obtained from the Gibbs free energy function. The damage evolution is determined from microcrack propagation condition. The proposed model is applied to two brittle rocks. Comparison between test data and numerical simulations shows that the proposed model is able to describe main features of mechanical behaviors observed in brittle geomaterials under compressive stresses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Issue number180 PART 1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Anisotropy
  • Brittle Rock
  • Damage
  • Microcrack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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