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Title: A numerical modelling approach to assess the behaviour of underground cavern subjected to blast loads
Authors: Kuili, S.
Sastry, V.R.
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, 2018, Vol.28, 6, pp.975-983
Abstract: The paper gives an insight into the behaviour of large underground caverns which are subjected to blast loads. Caverns are generally constructed in hard rock formation which compels us to use blasting methods for the excavation works. Comparative study was done between models with intact rock mass and discontinuities to assess the stability of cavern as a result of blast loads. Numerical modelling was performed with 3 dimensional distinct element code (3DEC) to analyse the performance of cavern walls in terms of displacement and to compute peak particle velocities (PPV) both around the cavern periphery and at surface of models. Results showed that the velocity wave with higher frequency exhibited large displacements around the periphery of cavern. Computation of PPV showed that model with horizontal joint sets showed lower PPV in comparison to model with intact rock mass. PPV values were also analysed on the surface for model consisting vertical joints spaced at 4 m intervals. Comparative study of PPV on surface vertically above the blast location between models with horizontal joints spaced at 4 m and vertical joints at 4 m intervals were conducted. Results depicted higher magnitudes of PPV for model with vertical joints in comparison to model with horizontal joints. 2018
URI: 10.1016/j.ijmst.2018.05.015
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