Numerical Modelling of Microwave Heating Assisted Rock Fracture

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This paper presents a numerical study on the effects of microwave irradiation on the mechanical properties of hard rock. More specifically, the weakening effect of microwave heating induced damage on the uniaxial compressive and tensile strength of granite-like rock is numerically evaluated. Rock fracture is modelled by means of a damage-viscoplasticity model with separate damage variables for tensile and compressive failure types. We develop a global solution strategy where the electromagnetic problem is solved first separately in COMSOL multiphysics software, and then provided into a staggered implicit solution method for the thermo-mechanical problem. The thermal and mechanical parts of the problem are considered as uncoupled due to the dominance of the microwave-induced heat source. The model performance is tested in 2D finite element simulations of heterogeneous numerical rock specimens subjected first to heating in a microwave oven and then to uniaxial compression and tension tests. According to the results, the compressive and tensile strength of rock can be significantly reduced by microwave heating pretreatment.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut481-503
JulkaisuRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Vuosikerta55
Varhainen verkossa julkaisun päivämäärä31 lokak. 2021
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TilaJulkaistu - 2022
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