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Abstract and Applied Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.343, CiteScore: 1)
Active and Passive Electronic Components     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.136, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Acoustics and Vibration     Open Access   (Followers: 35, SJR: 0.147, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 53)
Advances in Agriculture     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Artificial Intelligence     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Astronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 38, SJR: 0.257, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Bioinformatics     Open Access   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.565, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Advances in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 39, SJR: 0.539, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Computer Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Condensed Matter Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.315, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Decision Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.303, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Electrical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Advances in Electronics     Open Access   (Followers: 69)
Advances in Emergency Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Advances in Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Environmental Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Epidemiology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Fuzzy Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.161, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Geology     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Geriatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Hematology     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.661, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in High Energy Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.866, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Human-Computer Interaction     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.186, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.315, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Mathematical Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.218, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Meteorology     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.48, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Multimedia     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.173, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Nonlinear Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Numerical Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Nursing     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Advances in Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.205, CiteScore: 1)
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Advances in Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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Advances in Orthopedics     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.922, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Pharmacological Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.591, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Physical Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.179, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Power Electronics     Open Access   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.184, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Preventive Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Advances in Regenerative Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Software Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Statistics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Toxicology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Tribology     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.265, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Urology     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.51, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Virology     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.838, CiteScore: 2)
AIDS Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.758, CiteScore: 2)
Analytical Cellular Pathology     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.886, CiteScore: 2)
Anatomy Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Anemia     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.669, CiteScore: 2)
Anesthesiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.501, CiteScore: 1)
Applied and Environmental Soil Science     Open Access   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.451, CiteScore: 1)
Applied Bionics and Biomechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.288, CiteScore: 1)
Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Archaea     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.852, CiteScore: 2)
Arthritis     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.454, CiteScore: 1)
Autism Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Autoimmune Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.805, CiteScore: 2)
Behavioural Neurology     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.786, CiteScore: 2)
Biochemistry Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.437, CiteScore: 2)
Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.419, CiteScore: 2)
BioMed Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.935, CiteScore: 3)
Biotechnology Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bone Marrow Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.531, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian J. of Gastroenterology & Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.867, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian J. of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.548, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian Respiratory J.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.474, CiteScore: 1)
Cardiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.237, CiteScore: 4)
Case Reports in Anesthesiology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Case Reports in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.219, CiteScore: 0)
Case Reports in Critical Care     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Reports in Dentistry     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.229, CiteScore: 0)
Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Emergency Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Case Reports in Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.209, CiteScore: 1)
Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Genetics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Case Reports in Hematology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Case Reports in Immunology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Case Reports in Infectious Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Nephrology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Case Reports in Neurological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Case Reports in Oncological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.204, CiteScore: 1)
Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Reports in Orthopedics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Otolaryngology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Reports in Pathology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Pediatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Reports in Psychiatry     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Case Reports in Pulmonology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Reports in Radiology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Case Reports in Rheumatology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Reports in Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Case Reports in Transplantation     Open Access  
Case Reports in Urology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Case Reports in Vascular Medicine     Open Access  
Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Child Development Research     Open Access   (Followers: 18, SJR: 0.144, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.114, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Mathematics     Open Access  
Cholesterol     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.424, CiteScore: 1)
Chromatography Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Complexity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.531, CiteScore: 2)
Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.403, CiteScore: 1)
Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.326, CiteScore: 1)
Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.842, CiteScore: 3)
Critical Care Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.499, CiteScore: 1)
Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.512, CiteScore: 2)
Depression Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.816, CiteScore: 2)
Dermatology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.806, CiteScore: 2)
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy     Open Access   (SJR: 0.201, CiteScore: 1)
Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.279, CiteScore: 1)
Disease Markers     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.9, CiteScore: 2)
Economics Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Education Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Emergency Medicine Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.298, CiteScore: 1)
Enzyme Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.653, CiteScore: 3)
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 18, SJR: 0.683, CiteScore: 2)
Game Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Gastroenterology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.768, CiteScore: 2)
Genetics Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.61, CiteScore: 2)
Geofluids     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.952, CiteScore: 2)
Hepatitis Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.389, CiteScore: 2)
HPB Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.824, CiteScore: 2)
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.27, CiteScore: 2)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.627, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 74, SJR: 0.232, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Agronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.311, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Alzheimer's Disease     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.787, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Analysis     Open Access  
Intl. J. of Analytical Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.285, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Antennas and Propagation     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.233, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Atmospheric Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Intl. J. of Biodiversity     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Intl. J. of Biomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.511, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Biomedical Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.501, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Breast Cancer     Open Access   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.025, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Cell Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.887, CiteScore: 4)
Intl. J. of Chemical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.327, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Chronic Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Combinatorics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Computer Games Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.287, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Corrosion     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.194, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Dentistry     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.649, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Differential Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.191, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.296, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Electrochemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Intl. J. of Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.012, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Engineering Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Intl. J. of Food Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.44, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Forestry Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.373, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Genomics     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.868, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Geophysics     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.182, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.874, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.578, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Inflammation     Open Access   (SJR: 1.264, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Inorganic Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Manufacturing Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.177, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Medicinal Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.31, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Metals     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Intl. J. of Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.662, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Microwave Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.136, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Navigation and Observation     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.267, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Nephrology     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.697, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Oceanography     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Intl. J. of Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.231, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Otolaryngology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Partial Differential Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Pediatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Intl. J. of Peptides     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.46, CiteScore: 1)
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Advances in Civil Engineering
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.539
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 39  

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ISSN (Print) 1687-8086 - ISSN (Online) 1687-8094
Published by Hindawi Homepage  [338 journals]
  • Identifying the Impact Factors of the Dynamic Strength of Mudded
           Intercalations during Cyclic Loading

    • Abstract: Despite reports on previous research associated with the dynamic strength of mudded intercalations during cyclic loading, a systematic investigation of the impact factors of this strength is still valuable. This work aimed at experimentally revealing the impact factors of the strength along with their impacts. The potential impact factors considered in this work include (i) water content, (ii) clay mineral composition, (iii) clay content, (iv) confining pressure, and (v) cyclic failure time. Specimens of mudded intercalations were collected from China and were remolded and prepared for a dynamic triaxial test under cyclic loads. The test results showed that the dynamic strength is impacted by water content (strongly), clay mineral composition (moderately), confining pressure (moderately), and cyclic failure time (weakly); no significant impact of clay content was detected. Moreover, the dynamic cohesion is correlated with clay mineral composition (strongly), water content (moderately), and cyclic failure time (weakly); no significant correlation with clay content or confining pressure was detected. Finally, the dynamic friction angle is correlated with water content (strongly), clay content (moderately), and cyclic failure time (weakly); no significant correlation with clay mineral composition or confining pressure was detected.
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:32:07 +000
  • A New Theoretical View of Rockburst and Its Engineering Application

    • Abstract: Traditionally, rockburst is considered as a dynamic phenomenon of sudden destruction of coal/rock mass. In this study, rockburst is treated as an event process rather than a phenomenon. This paper introduces typical rockburst process, its classification, mechanism of internal and external causes, and energy criterion. Analysis indicates that rockburst is a dynamic process that includes three sequential phases: burst start-up, burst energy transfer, and rockburst pressure behavior. Excessive static stress concentration in the strata nearby the target zone appears to be the internal cause of rockburst start-up, while the external cause is the disturbance of the static stress concentration and additional load transfer by the concentrated dynamic load occurred at further distance. Potential burst start-up area is the highest stress concentration zone within the region where stress is in the critical equilibrium state. With the identified internal and external factors that contribute to rockburst start-up, it is concluded that the rockburst preventive measures should focus on the monitoring and controlling of originating source of static and dynamic stress concentrations. Field practice proves that the reunderstanding of rockburst and the derived preventive measures are feasible and successful.
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Comparative Study of Nonlinear Static and Time-History Analyses of Typical
           Korean STS Container Cranes

    • Abstract: Ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes, used at terminals for loading and unloading containers from a ship, are an important part of harbor structures. The size and weight of modern STS container cranes are increasing to satisfy the demand for bigger ships. This is expected to result in more lateral load when excited by seismic motions. The existing Korean STS container cranes did not behave properly during several recent moderate earthquakes in South Korea. Typical Korean STS container cranes must be checked for the earthquake-resistant capacity. In this research, two nonlinear static analyses procedures, also known as pushover analyses, commonly used for seismic design of buildings, namely, capacity spectrum method and equivalent linearization method, are comprehensively studied to check their suitability for studying seismic behavior of STS cranes. Results obtained by these two nonlinear static analysis methods are then compared with the results obtained by nonlinear time-history analyses of the STS cranes by exciting them with nine recorded earthquake time histories around worldwide. The behaviors of the cranes are analyzed in terms of the total base shear, drift, and base uplift. The comparisons indicate that the nonlinear static methods can be appropriate for estimating the total base shear and drift of the portal frame of a container crane. The pushover analyses also provide information on performance levels as defined in ASCE/SEI 41-13, of a typical Korean STS container crane. Furthermore, it is observed that the uplift response of the crane is strongly influenced by the duration of an earthquake.
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Numerical Studies on the Failure Process of Heterogeneous Rock Material
           with Preexisting Fracture under Uniaxial Compression

    • Abstract: It is of vital importance to understand the failure processes of the heterogeneous rock material with different kinds of preexisting fractures in underground engineering. A damage model was introduced to describe the initiation and propagation behaviors of the fractures in rock. Reduced parameters were applied in this work because the microcracks in the rock were neglected. Then, the numerical model was validated through comparing the simulation results with the laboratory observations. Finally, a number of numerical uniaxial compressive tests were performed on heterogeneous rock specimens with preexisting fracture, and the influence of the heterogeneity of the rock and the angle and length of the preexisting fractures was fully discussed. The results showed that the brittleness of the rock increased with the increase of the homogeneity index, and tensile failure was the main failure form for relatively heterogeneous rock, whilst shear failure was the main failure form for relatively homogeneous rock. The uniaxial compressive strengths of the specimens with the angles of 0, 30, 45, and 60 of the preexisting fracture dropped 62.7%, 54.7%, 46.6%, and 38.2% compared with that of the intact specimen; the tensile cracks were more difficult to form, and the required load was increasing with the increase of the angle of the preexisting fracture; besides, antiwing cracks were difficult to form than wing cracks because the tensile stress in wing cracks’ area was greater than that in antiwing cracks’ area. The uniaxial compressive strengths of the specimens with the lengths of 20 mm, 25 mm, 30 mm, and 35 mm of preexisting fracture dropped 38.6%, 46.6%, 53.4%, and 56.6% compared with that of the intact specimen, and the damage conditions of the samples with different lengths of preexisting fracture were similar.
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Earthquake Response Control of Double-Layer Truss Walls by means of
           Innovative Fuse Connections

    • Abstract: This study deals with partial cylindrical truss walls equipped with damper connections due to horizontal earthquake motions. The damper connection consists of an aluminum ball joint, an aluminum hub, and a steel bolt. A ductile elongation of the steel bolt due to a tensile stress is expected by avoiding the brittle collapse. The study proposes a fuse-type connection by means of yield of the steel bolt due to tension stress realized by the ductile failure collapse mechanism of the wall-type spatial structure. The proposed truss wall with the fuse-type connection can realize a deformation of nodes within the restriction for avoiding a nonstructural member damage. It is confirmed in the dynamic elastoplastic analysis that the control of the dynamic collapse mechanism such as the steel bolt elongation can avoid a brittle collapse mechanism such as a chain of member buckling. The evaluation method is also proposed by means of the limit displacement considering a ductility factor of the steel bolt within 2.0.
      PubDate: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Calculation of Capillary Rise Height of Soils by SWCC Model

    • Abstract: The maximum capillary rise height of soil is a complex system which is mainly determined by the distribution characteristics of soil pores. The tests of the rising height of capillary water on 8 kinds of soils by the method of vertical tube are widely conducted to measure the maximum capillary rise height. Based on the BCC model and principles of thermodynamics, the soil-water characteristic curve test is designed for the purpose of calculating the pore distribution of soil samples. A new method for calculating the maximum capillary rise height of soil is proposed by the author by using the distribution function of the soil pore. The coefficient which reflects the relationship between the maximum capillary rise and the average pore radius of soils is utilized during the calculation process, and then the reference range of for different soils is obtained according to series of experiments corresponding. The proposed calculation method offers an effective way to calculate the maximum capillary rise height, which can be applied to analyze the capillary effect area of relevant engineering problems.
      PubDate: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • 3D Fiber-Based Frame Element with Multiaxial Stress Interaction for RC

    • Abstract: A three-dimensional fiber-based frame element accounting for multiaxial stress conditions in reinforced concrete structures is presented. The element formulation relies on the classical Timoshenko beam theory combined with sectional fiber discretization and a triaxial constitutive model for reinforced concrete consisting of an orthotropic, smeared crack material model based on the fixed crack assumption. Torsional effects are included through the Saint-Venant theory of torsion, which accounts for out-of-plane displacements perpendicular to the cross section due to warping effects. The formulation was implemented into a force-based beam-column element and verified against monotonic and cyclic tests of reinforced concrete columns in biaxial bending, beams in combined flexure-torsion, and flexure-torsion-shear.
      PubDate: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Microstudy of the Anisotropy of Sandy Material

    • Abstract: Through numerical simulation based on the particle flow method, DEM numerical test samples were generated with the results of laboratory tests on standard sand. The method consists of the use of gravity deposition and radius expansion modeling of irregular sand particles, where samples of the biaxial test are assembled by generated long particle units. Different steps of deposition or initial stresses were applied during the sample generation process in order to simulate different sample states. The loads from the horizontal and vertical directions are, respectively, applied to samples, and then the stress-strain curve and macroscopic mechanical parameters are acquired. The numerical experiment results show that the gravitational deposits have significant impact on the major axis orientation arrangement of particles and on the average coordination number, as well as the initial stress has a significant effect on it. There is a remarkable effect on the stress-strain curve and on the acquired mechanical parameters as a result of the application of load to samples from the horizontal and vertical directions. The sand samples show an obvious property of inherent anisotropy and stress-induced anisotropy.
      PubDate: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Mechanical Properties of Grouted Crushed Coal with Different Grain Size
           Mixtures under Triaxial Compression

    • Abstract: To have a better understanding of the reinforcement effect on the crushed zone after grouting in coal mining extraction work, a self-designed grouting apparatus was used to study the effects of the grain size mixtures (distribution) and the stress state on the mechanical behaviours of grouted crushed coal specimens. From the various grouting tests, triaxial compression tests and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations of grouted specimens with different grain size mixtures, it was found that, for the same grain size mixture, the peak () and residual () strengths of the grouted specimens increased with an increase in confining pressure. It was found that the average slope values of the - curves for the grouted specimens with different grain size mixtures were all larger than those of the - curves. It was observed that the peak strain () of the grouted specimens with different grain size mixtures increased overall with increasing confining pressure. For constant confining pressure, the peak and residual strengths both gradually increased approximately linearly as the grain size mixtures varied from small to large, but at higher confining pressures, the influence of the grain size mixture on the peak (or residual) strength increased. These mechanical behaviours of the grouted crushed coal specimens were strongly dependent on the variation in the grain size mixtures and in the confining pressure, which can be explained by the crack evolution process within the grouted specimen under triaxial compression, to a certain extent. Ultimate failure of the grouted specimen occurred just after propagation and coalescence of the cracks through the entire grouted specimen. Moreover, there were three major microscopic diffusion modes for the grouts flowing in most of the crushed coal specimens. Based on these test results, it was found that the reinforcement effect of the grouted specimen related to the splitting grouting mode (occurring in most of the large specimens) seems to be better than that of the penetrating (filling) grouting mode (in most of the small specimens).
      PubDate: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:08:16 +000
  • An NMR-Based Experimental Study on the Pore Structure of the Hydration
           Process of Mine Filling Slurry

    • Abstract: To study the evolution of porosity in the process of filling slurry hydration, samples of tailing filling with different mixing ratios and different curing ages were prepared, and the pore structure was tested by low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (LF-NMR). According to the T2 spectrum distribution curve and T2 spectrum area of the filling slurry hydration process, the porosity and the evolution of the pore distribution features of the filling samples were analysed. The results showed that the higher the mass concentration of the filling slurry, the slower the hydration reaction, the smaller the average size of the pores, the higher the proportion occupied by harmful pores, and the lower the proportion occupied by multiharmful pores. The smaller the cement-sand ratio of the slurry, the higher the proportion occupied by harmful pores and the larger the aperture of the pores. The porosity of the filling slurry with the cement-sand ratio of 1 : 8 is the highest, and the hydration velocity of the filling slurry with the cement-sand ratio of 1 : 3 is the fastest.
      PubDate: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:46:17 +000
  • Reproducing Field Measurements Using Scaled-Down Hydraulic Model Studies
           in a Laboratory

    • Abstract: Little efforts have been made to the value of laboratory model study in closing the gap between results from idealized laboratory experiments and those from field data. Thus, at first, three bridge sites were selected and equipped with fathometers to find the bed elevation change in the vicinity of bridge pier over time. After and during the flooding, the stream flow variables and their bathymetry were measured using current viable technologies at the field. Then, to develop and suggest a laboratory modeling techniques, full three-dimensional physical models including measured river bathymetry and bridge geometry were designed and fabricated in a laboratory based on the scale ratio except for the sediment size, and the laboratory results were compared with the field measurements. Size of uniform sediment was carefully selected and used in the laboratory to explore the scale effect caused by sediment size scaling. The comparisons between laboratory results and field measurements show that the physical models successfully reproduced the flow characteristics and the scour depth around bridge foundations. With respect to the location of the maximum scour depth, they are not consistent with the results as in the previous research. Instead of occurring at the nose of each pier, the maximum scour depths are located further downstream of each pier column in several experimental runs because of the combination of complex pier bent geometry and river bathymetry, and the resulting unique flow motions around the pier bent.
      PubDate: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Characteristics of Stress Transfer and Progressive Fracture in Overlying
           Strata due to Mining-Induced Disturbances

    • Abstract: In this study, based on the mining of the 13210 working face in the Yima coal mine of the Gengcun village, China, a simplified mechanical model for the analysis of dynamic destabilization of the overlying strata during underground mining was constructed. The numerical simulation was used to analyze the stress patterns in the advanced abutments of the tunnel face and the characteristics of dynamic failures in the overlying strata. Furthermore, similitude experiments were conducted to study the process of stress release and deformation in the overlying strata, and to analyze the effects of overburden destabilization on the ground surface settlement. The theoretical analysis indicated that if the geometric parameters of a working face are fully determined, a stiffness ratio no greater than 1 is required for dynamic destabilization to occur. The numerical simulation results show that the stress in the overlying strata decreases with a decrease in distance from the tunnel face. The stresses in the advanced abutments initially increase with an increase in distance from the tunnel face, followed by a decrease in stress, and an eventual stabilization of the stress levels; this corresponds to the existence of a “stress build-up zone,” “stress reduction zone,” and “native rock stress zone.” In similitude experiments, it was observed that a “pseudoplastic beam” state arises after the local stresses of the overlying strata have been completely released, and the “trapezoidal” fractures begin to form at stress concentrations. If the excavation of the working face continues to progress, the area of collapse expands upward, thereby increasing the areas of the fracture and densification zones. Owing to the nonuniform settlement of the overlying strata and the continuous development of bed-separating cracks, secondary fractures will be generated on both sides of the working face, which increase the severity of the ground surface settlement.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • An Investigation of Damage Mechanism Induced by Earthquake in a Plate
           Girder Bridge Based on Seismic Response Analysis: Case Study of Tawarayama
           Bridge under the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

    • Abstract: This paper reports a damage survey and seismic analysis of a bridge. In the first part, the damage survey of some bridges that were affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake was discussed. Among these bridges, the Tawarayama Bridge, which is a plate girder bridge located very close to an active fault line, was particularly considered. This bridge incurred severe damage because of the earthquakes’ epicenters very close to the bridge. The damage mechanism that can occur in this type of bridge was elucidated. During the damage survey, parts of Tawarayama Bridge were examined to determine the damage in order to examine the factors of occurrence and damage mechanism. In the second part, the seismic responses of Tawarayama Bridge were analyzed using ABAQUS software, and beam elements were applied for the structural members. Firstly, the time-history responses were analyzed using both longitudinal and transverse direction earthquake ground motions separately and simultaneously to investigate the dynamic response of the bridge. Both undamped and damped conditions were considered. For the dynamic response analysis, the recorded earthquake acceleration data of Ozu Station were applied for both undamped and damped conditions considering both east-west (EW) and north-south (NS) directions simultaneously and the damped condition for these directions separately. In addition, a damped model was analyzed by applying design earthquake input data obtained from the Japanese Seismic Design Specifications for Highway Bridges. Consequently, five cases were established for seismic response analysis. Subsequently, the seismic responses of Tawarayama Bridge were investigated, and the behavior of the lower lateral members was examined considering the observed buckling of these members during the damage survey. The field survey and dynamic response analysis indicate that the buckling design of the lower lateral members should be considered in the future design of bridges.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • An Experimental Study on Mechanical Behavior of Parallel Joint Specimens
           under Compression Shear

    • Abstract: In order to investigate the influence of the joint on the failure mode, peak shear strength, and shear stress-strain curve of rock mass, the compression shear test loading on the parallel jointed specimens was carried out, and the acoustic emission system was used to monitor the loading process. The joint spacing and joint overlap were varied to alter the relative positions of parallel joints in geometry. Under compression-shear loading, the failure mode of the joint specimen can be classified into four types: coplanar shear failure, shear failure along the joint plane, shear failure along the shear stress plane, and similar integrity shear failure. The joint dip angle has a decisive effect on the failure mode of the specimen. The joint overlap affects the crack development of the specimen but does not change the failure mode of the specimen. The joint spacing can change the failure mode of the specimen. The shear strength of the specimen firstly increases and then decreases with the increase of the dip angle and reaches the maximum at 45°. The shear strength decreases with the increase of the joint overlap and increases with the increase of the joint spacing. The shear stress-displacement curves of different joint inclination samples have differences which mainly reflect in the postrupture stage. From monitoring results of the AE system, the variation regular of the AE count corresponds to the failure mode, and the peak value of the AE count decreases with the increase of joint overlap and increases with the increase of joint spacing.
      PubDate: Wed, 08 Aug 2018 06:47:21 +000
  • The Dynamic Response Law of Bank Slope under Water-Rock Interaction

    • Abstract: During the reservoir operation process, the long-term security and stability of the bank slope is affected by dynamic response characteristics of its seismic action directly. Aimed at the typical bank slope existing in the actual reservoir environment, an experiment considering reservoir water level fluctuation and soaking-air-drying cyclic water-rock interaction has been designed and conducted while the cyclic loading test was performed in different water-rock cycles. Research results indicate the following: Firstly, in the process of water-rock interaction, the dynamic characteristics of sandstone show evident degradation trend, with the increase of the damping ratio and Poisson’s ratio and decrease of dynamic elastic modulus, and the former six water-rock cycle degradation effects are particularly obvious. Secondly, the numerical analog computation analysis of dynamic response in typical bank slope shows that as the water-rock interaction period is increased, the dynamic response of the slope hydro-fluctuation belt zone increases gradually, while the other parts weaken. Thirdly, under the long-term water-rock interaction process, the hydro-fluctuation belt zone gradually becomes a “soft layer” which is sensitive to the earthquake effect and dynamic response, resulting in a direct influence on long-term seismic performance of the bank slope. Therefore, it is necessary to make better protection for the bank slope hydro-fluctuation belt zone.
      PubDate: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Research on Seepage Properties and Pore Structure of the Roof and Floor
           Strata in Confined Water-Rich Coal Seams: Taking the Xiaojihan Coal Mine
           as an Example

    • Abstract: During the construction and exploitation process in the Xiaojihan coal mine, which is located in Yulin of northern Shaanxi, we find a special hydrogeological phenomenon that coal seam is acted as a confined fractured aquifer. The water-rich coal seam has natural fissures which are confined with water storage. However, the water comes from the static and original reserves in coal seams, which have a weak link to other aquifers in the roof and floor strata. It indicates that the roof and floor strata provide a natural waterproof barrier for the fissure water in the coal seam, resulting in a relatively closed storage space of confined water. In order to further investigate the critical function that mechanical properties of permeability play in the confined fractured aquifer, the rock complete stress-strain permeability test and pore development structure test are carried out with rock samples of the roof and floor strata in this field. Results are as follows: (1) coal seams of Xiaojihan coal mine are confined fractured aquifers, the fissure confined water in coal seams has a strong relationship with total stress-strain permeability and development characteristics of the pore structure of the roof and floor strata. (2) The permeability of the roof and floor strata is extremely low, when the strata is less than 30 meters away from the coal seam with the magnitude order remaining less than 10−12 m/s. If they are closer to the coal seam, the watertightness and plasticity of the strata will be stronger, and the antidestructive capability of the strata during the distortion process will be also increased, resulting in the larger strain for the formation of macroscopic water-conducting fissures. The roof and floor strata effectively cut off the hydraulic connection between the fissure water in the coal seam and other aquifers, which ensure the coal seam acts as water storage space of confined fractured aquifers. (3) For undeveloped fissures, the effective porosity is less than 2% of the roof and floor strata which are less than 30 meters away from the coal seam, and particularly, this index is less than 1% of the strata within 20 meters away from the coal seam, indicating that the strata have good water resistance. When the distance between the roof strata and the coal seam is greater than 40 meters, the effective porosity has a large fluctuation, and the effective porosity of the partial strata is greater than 10%, reflecting that the rock strata fissure has been well developed. It should be attached great importance to prevent water-conducting fissures from getting hydraulic connection with the fractured water-rich coal seams and other aquifers of the roof and floor, so as to reduce the risk of mining water hazards.
      PubDate: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Political Risk Paths in International Construction Projects: Case Study
           from Chinese Construction Enterprises

    • Abstract: International construction enterprises (ICEs) have been plagued with political risks in the global market. To ensure the success of political risk management, it is necessary to comprehend the political risks in international construction projects. This study aims at exploring the political risk paths in international construction projects. The preliminary political risk factors and paths were proposed from the literature review. A survey questionnaire was developed to collect political risk cases faced by Chinese construction enterprises (CCEs) performing international construction projects, and 264 valid cases were received and analyzed for this study. Adopting the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) method, 6 macrofactors (“sociopolitical stability” (A), “legal and regulatory” (B), “social safety” (C), “economy performance” (D), “attitude towards foreigners” (E), and “international environment” (F)) and 2 microfactors (“low exposure” (G) and “capability of enterprises” (H)) were identified. Moreover, the results of path analysis illustrated that 7 factors (A, B, C, D, E, G, and H) had the significant direct negative effect on “risk consequences” and 3 factors (A, D, and F) had the indirect negative effect on “risk consequences.” The findings from this study help practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of political risks in international construction projects and provide a useful reference for ICEs to manage political risks when venturing outside their home countries.
      PubDate: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Buckling Behavior of Metallic Cylindrical Shell Structures Strengthened
           with CFRP Composite

    • Abstract: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of a CFRP composite layer on the buckling behavior of metallic cylindrical shells. To enhance the bearing capacity of steel shells, classical solutions consider internal or external metallic stiffeners (stringers and/or rings) welded or riveted to the shell. Here, an external skin of composite material which wraps the whole metallic skin of the shell is studied. To be valid for metallic shells structures (storage tanks like silos) as well as for metal pipes (gas or oil pipeline), the procedure for setting up and implementing the composite must be simple. The recommended solution is therefore tested through experimental tests to find their limits and the configuration of optimal behavior. A consistent enhancement of bearing capacity is observed. This experimental base serves also to consolidate a numerical model which corroborates the experimental results. The good correlation between experimental and numerical results is confirmed for the whole loading process, for unstiffened and stiffened shells. For metallic unstiffened shell, an adequacy between experiment and simulation is noticed in the mainly membrane precritical behavior, during the buckling initiation characterized by the boundary layer problem corresponding to axisymmetric wavelength appearance near boundaries and in the postcritical domain associated to localization of the buckling mode at one extremity of the shell. For stiffened configuration, the enhancement of the bearing capacity of the shell is correctly gauged; this confirms the possibility to use finite element simulation for the design.
      PubDate: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Well-Dispersed Silica Fume by Surface Modification and the Control of
           Cement Hydration

    • Abstract: Silica fume (SF) is a valuable nanoscaled industrial by-product used in cementitious materials owing to its filling and pozzolanic effect. However, the heavy agglomeration of SF is a severe and common problem. In this study, surface modification with polyacrylic acid (PAA) was applied on SF to achieve a better dispersion and to optimize the hydration process of cement at early age. The particle size distribution and surface properties of SF, as well as the cement hydration with modified SF, were investigated. The results demonstrated that the agglomeration of SF particles was efficiently mitigated by the surface treatment with PAA, and the acceleration effect of SF was delayed by the resistance of the surface layer at early age. However, the grafted PAA layer eventually dropped in alkali solution after 6 hours, and the hydration rate was increased again and continued for long time. This work indicated that surface-modified SF was well dispersed and was able to regulate the hydration rate of cement.
      PubDate: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Practices and Processes in BIM Projects: An Exploratory Case Study

    • Abstract: The results of an exploratory case study dedicated to a BIM project are presented and the perception that professionals have of their practices and the BIM collaboration processes is discussed in this study. It suggests that the roles of BIM specialists are not the same from one discipline to another and that they are not just technical roles. In addition, the information subprocess seems to crystallize around BIM managers, which tends to create two sources of leadership in a project: BIM managers and project managers. Finally, the study shows a gap between the planned processes and those actually used in the project. The use of a big room, to bring together the owner and the other disciplines, seems to be particularly useful. It serves as an integrator, and information is better shared.
      PubDate: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Key Success Indicators for PPP Projects: Evidence from Hong Kong

    • Abstract: Because a consensus has yet to be reached on how to assess the success of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project, it is meaningful to study the multidimensional indicators to assess PPP project success. It merits attention that PPP project success indicators are totally different from PPP critical success factors (CSFs), which have attracted a lot of attention from scholars. This study conducts a questionnaire survey to identify the crucial considerations of project success from the perspectives of different PPP stakeholders. In line with previous studies, five dimensions of PPP project success that were developed from different stakeholder viewpoints and time frameworks were tested based on the empirical data. The dimensions mapped in the study not only provide a benchmark for practitioners to diagnose the extent of PPP project success but also provide a solid foundation for scholars to conduct further studies regarding PPP project success.
      PubDate: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Mechanical Properties and Thermal Conductivity of Aerogel-Incorporated
           Alkali-Activated Slag Mortars

    • Abstract: Compressive strength, thermal conductivity coefficient, and porosimetric properties of alkali-activated slag (AAS) mortars containing silica aerogel were investigated experimentally in this study. For this purpose, slag mortar mixtures at 0.75% and 1.0% aerogel content ratios were prepared, and these mortar mixtures were activated with lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) at 0.03% and 1.50% dosage rates. Mortar samples were exposed to curing process in water for 2, 7, and 28 days, and the samples, which completed the curing stage, were subjected to the compressive strength test. The porosimetry test and the thermal conductivity coefficient measurement were carried out following the compressive strength test on 28-day samples. The varying aerogel content rate in the mixtures and the effects of the dosage of Li2CO3 on the gel, capillary, and macropore distributions, and the effect of changing porosimetric properties on compressive strength and thermal conductivity coefficient were analyzed in detail. Experimental studies have shown that AAS mortars including an optimum 0.75% aerogel content rate and 0.03% Li2CO3 activation provided a compressive strength of 34.1 MPa and a thermal conductivity coefficient of 1.32 W/mK. Aerogel addition provides a partial compressive strength increase at 7- and 28-day samples while it also causes maximum strength loss of 5.0% at 2-day samples.
      PubDate: Sun, 05 Aug 2018 06:14:38 +000
  • Network Planning Method for Capacitated Metro-Based Underground Logistics

    • Abstract: Underground logistics system (ULS) tends to alleviate traffic congestion, increase city logistics efficiency, mitigate the negative effects of traditional logistics processes, and improve the sustainability of urban areas. However, the relatively high cost and risk of underground construction are serious obstacles to implementing ULS. Integrating ULS into modern metro system (M-ULS) is considered to be feasible and efficient to solve this problem. This paper aims at developing a metro system-based ULS network planning method. First, an evaluation model of underground freight volume was proposed considering service capacity, freight flow, and regional accessibility. Second, a set of mixed integer programming model was developed to solve the problem of optimal nodes’ location-allocation (LAP) in the network. Then, a hybrid algorithm was designed with a combination of E-TOPSIS, exact algorithm, and heuristic algorithm. Finally, two lines of Nanjing Metro were selected as a case to validate the proposed planning method. The results showed that the new system can significantly reduce the construction costs of ULS and alleviate traffic congestion. Moreover, the potential of metro stations and underground tunnels can be fully exploited to achieve higher logistics benefits.
      PubDate: Sun, 05 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Experimental Study of the Low-Cycle Fatigue in Double-Walled Hollow Pipe

    • Abstract: This paper introduces a double-walled hollow pipe (DWHP) that demonstrates good corrosion resistance and mechanical properties and that can be used in pipeline transportation and structural stress components in marine, freshwater, and corrosive environments. We designed and machined the specimens to meet the bending bearing capacity using a cross section method. We conducted low-cycle loading tests of the specimens to investigate the energy dissipation capacity of the DWHP, the effects of different geometrical parameters, and the concrete-filled strength of the DWHP on energy dissipation capacity. The results show that the failure forms of the specimens are similar. The geometrical characteristics of the specimens, the cohesive function between the concrete and the steel plate, and the strength of the concrete-filled pipe showed a significant influence on the mechanical properties of the specimens. Hysteretic curves are plump and possess a high capacity for energy dissipation. The energy dissipation capacity of the specimen decreases with an increase in the slenderness ratio. The slope of strength degradation decreases with any increase in the strength of the concrete-filled pipe. We optimized the section design of the component by improving the constraint effect coefficient, and we effectively improved its stability by adding stiffeners to the inner side of the outer wall of steel.
      PubDate: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:11:39 +000
  • An Elastoplastic Softening Damage Model for Hydraulic Fracturing in Soft
           Coal Seams

    • Abstract: In order to improve the permeability of soft coal seams with low intensity and permeability by hydraulic fracturing, an elastoplastic softening damage model of soft coal seams has been established, which takes into consideration the lower elastic modulus and tensile strength and higher pore compressibility and plastic deformation. The model then was implemented to FLAC3D finite difference software to be verified with the on-site results of the Number 2709 coalface in Datong coal mine, China. The modelling results of fracture-influenced radius show good consistency with on-site results. Then the parameters of water injection rate and time on fracture-influenced radius were studied. The results indicate that the fracture-influenced radius increases rapidly with an increased injection rate initially. After reaching the maximum value, fracture-influenced radius decreases slowly with further increase of the injection rate. Finally, it remains constant. The fracture-influenced radius rapidly increases initially at a certain time and then slowly increases with the injection time. The novel model and numerical method could be used to predict the radius of hydraulic fracture-influenced area and choose the suitable injection parameters to help the on-site work more efficiently.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:57:29 +000
  • Horizontal Subzone Characteristics and Methane Seepage Properties of the
           Gas Flowing Fracture Zone above the Gob

    • Abstract: Gas flowing fracture zone (GFFZ) is an active zone in the gob where pressure-relieved methane can move freely. However, there are very few research findings on the horizontal development characteristics and internal methane seepage properties of GFFZs. In this paper, based on the development height of a GFFZ above the gob, the GFFZ was horizontally divided into the following: a lateral fracture subzone, an O-ring fracture subzone, and a compacted subzone. The identification criteria for all of these horizontal subzones were given by analyzing the influence of the stress in the coal rock mass on the development of mining-induced fractures. A numerical simulation study was conducted to determine the influences of the mining height and mining depth on the morphological development of all horizontal subzones of the GFFZ, and the simulation results showed that the mining height was the main factor influencing the development characteristics of horizontal subzones of the GFFZ. Both the maximum distance of the lateral fracture subzone beyond the mining boundary and the width of the O-ring fracture subzone increased with the increase of mining height. A physical simulation experiment was performed for extraction of gob methane through a surface borehole, and the experimental results showed that the gas flow state was laminar within the range of the lateral fracture subzone and the compacted subzone but that the gas flow state was turbulent, not following Darcy’s law, within the range of the O-ring fracture subzone.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Failure Process Simulation of Interlayered Rocks under Compression

    • Abstract: Anisotropy in strength and deformation of rock mass induced by bedding planes and interlayered structures is a vital problem in rock mechanics and rock engineering. The modified rigid block spring method (RBSM), initially proposed for modeling of isotropic rock, is extended to study the failure process of interlayered rocks under compression with different confining pressures. The modified rigid block spring method is used to simulate the initiation and propagation of microcracks. The Mohr–Coulomb criterion is employed to determine shear failure events and the tensile strength criterion for tensile failure events. Rock materials are replaced by an assembly of Voronoi-based polygonal blocks. To explicitly simulate structural planes and for automatic mesh generation, a multistep point insertion procedure is proposed. A typical experiment on interlayered rocks in literature is simulated using the proposed model. Effects of the orientation of bedding planes with regard to the loading direction on the failure mechanism and strength anisotropy are emphasized. Results indicate that the modified RBSM model succeeds in capturing main failure mechanisms and strength anisotropy induced by interlayered structures and different confining pressures.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • New and Advanced Materials and Technologies in Ultralow-Energy Buildings

    • PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Heat Treatment and Ventilation Optimization in a Deep Mine

    • Abstract: In order to address the issue of high temperatures and thermal damages in deep mines, the factors causing downhole heat damage at high temperatures were analyzed, the mine ventilation system was optimized and rebuilt, and a cooling system was established. The proposed cooling system uses mine water as the cooling source, and its features are based on the analysis of traditional cooling systems. The current ventilation system in the 1118 m deep pit of the Jinqu Gold Mine was evaluated, and the ventilation network, ventilation equipment, and ventilation structures near the underground working face were optimized. The low-temperature mine water stored in the middle section of the mine at 640 m depth was used as the cooling source, and a cooling system was established near the 440 m deep middle return well to alleviate the high-temperature and high-humidity conditions of the 280 m deep middle-western area. The results show that the effective air volume in the west wing at 280 m was 3.0 m3/s, the operating ambient temperature was 27.6°C, the relative humidity was reduced to 76%, and the temperature was reduced by 5-6°C after the optimization of the system.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
  • Numerical Analysis Method of Shear Properties of Infilled Joints under
           Constant Normal Stiffness Condition

    • Abstract: The direct shear test is implemented in this paper for infilled joints under constant normal stiffness (CNS) condition with the finite difference software FLAC3D. The CNS condition was performed based on a servoprogram developed by FISH language. The effects of initial normal stress, undulating angle, and infilled ratio on the shear failure mode of infilled joints under CNS are revealed based on numerical simulation. It is found that the shear strength of infilled joints will grow along with the increase of the undulating angle and the decrease of the infilled ratio. The numerical analysis method is also able to quantify the effect of multiple factors (initial normal stress and infilled ratio) on shear properties of infilled joints. The model shows a good agreement with the experimental results available in the literatures. Therefore, this study proposed and verified a numerical analysis method capable of studying the effects of normal stress, undulating angles, and infilled ratio on the shear behavior of infilled rock joints.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +000
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