Application of Discrete Element Methods to the Problem of Rock Bumps

P. P. Procházka, M. G. Kugblenu


This paper is a continuation of a previous paper by the authors. Applications of two discrete element methods (DEM) to several fields of geotechnics are discussed. The free hexagon element method is considered a powerful discrete element method, and is widely used in mechanics of granular media. It substitutes the methods for solving continuum problems. In order to complete the study, other discrete element methods are discussed. The second method starts with the classical particle flow code (PFC, which uses dynamic equilibrium), but we apply static equilibrium in our case. The second method is called the static particle flow code (SPFC). The numerical experiences and comparison with experimental results from scaled models are discussed.


free hexagonal element method; statical PFC; localized damage; occurrence of cracking and bumps during mining or tunneling

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