Experimental and numerical investigation of the punch-through shear test for mode II fracture toughness determination in rock

Haoyan Wu, John M Kemeny, Shunchuan Wu

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The punch through shear test is a laboratory test used to determine the shear fracture toughness KIIC in rock. In this paper, the punch-through shear test was simulated using a discrete element particle model, and the dependence of KIIC on loading velocity and confinement ranging from 0.1 to 80 MPa was investigated. The numerical results of KIIC vs. confinement match very well with laboratory tests, and the development of complex shear fractures during the test are analyzed in terms of the formation and coalescence of tensile and shear micro-cracking at different confining stresses, and the use of numerical acoustic emission recording.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2017



  • Acoustic emission
  • Mode II fracture toughness
  • PFC
  • Punch-through shear test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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