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Distinct element modelling of jointed rock masses : algorithms and their verification

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The distinct element method (DEM) is a useful tool in rock engineering to model jointed rock masses. To simulate a jointed rock mass realistically, the main challenge is to be able to capture its complex geometry which consists of blocks with various shapes and sizes, and to model the interactions between these blocks.

The main contribution of this thesis is the development of novel algorithms in the DEM to model jointed rock masses, namely rock slicing procedures for block generati...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Engineering Science
Research group:
Civil Engineering
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Division:
MPLS
Department:
Engineering Science
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Division:
MPLS
Department:
Engineering Science
Role:
Supervisor
Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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