Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACOD by Baotang ShenModelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACOD by Baotang Shen

Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACOD

byBaotang Shen, Ove Stephansson, Mikael Rinne

Hardcover | October 22, 2013

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This text book provides the theoretical background of rock fracture mechanics and displacement discontinuity methods used for the modelling of geomechanical problems. The computer program FRACOD is used to analyse the fracture problems, assessing fracture initiation and propagation in tension (Mode I), shear (Mode II) and mixed mode I and II of solid intact or jointed geomaterials. The book also presents the fundamentals of thermo-mechanical coupling and hydro-mechanical coupling. Formulations of multiple regional mechanical, thermal and hydraulic functions, which allow analyses of fracture mechanics problems for structures made of brittle, rock-like materials, are provided. In addition, instructive examples of code verification and applications are presented.

Additional material: The 2-D version of the FRACOD program, a manual on the program and a wealth of verification examples of classical problems in physics, mechanics and hydromechanics are available at A large number of applications related to civil, mining, petroleum and environmental engineering are also included.

- The first textbook available on modelling of rock fracture propagation

- Introduces readers to the fundamentals of rock fracturing

- Uses a modern style of teaching with theory, mathematical modelling and applications in one package

- The basic version of the FRACOD software, manual, verification examples and applications are available as additional material

- The FRACOD program and manual enable the readers to solve fracture propagation problems on their own


Ki-Bok Min, Department of Energy Resources Engineering,

College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea

"Challenging rock engineering applications require extreme conditions of stress, temperature and hydraulic pressure resulting in rock fracturing to a various extent. The FRACOD is one of few computer codes available in engineering rock mechanics that can simulate the initiation and propagation of fractures often interacting with natural fractures. Its capability has been significantly enhanced to include the hydraulic and thermal fracturing with concerted interaction from multi-national research and industry partners. My experience with the FRACOD is very positive and I am certain that its already-excellent track record will expand further in the future."

Baotang Shen is researcher at CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering in Brisbane, AustraliaOve Stephansson is professor the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, GermanyMikael Rinne is professor of rock engineering at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland
Title:Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACODFormat:HardcoverDimensions:173 pagesPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9400769032

ISBN - 13:9789400769038

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Table of Contents




1. Introduction

2. Introduction to Rock Fracture Mechanics

3. Numerical Method

4. Iteration Process in FRACOD

5. Modelling Time Dependency

6. Simulation of Multiple Region System

7. Solving Gravitational Problems

8. Sequential Excavation Function

9. Thermo-Mechanical Coupling

10. Hydro-Mechanical Coupling

11. Anisotropic Rock Strength Function

12. Rock Properties for FRACOD Modelling

13. FRACOD Verification Tests

14. Application Case Studies