Borehole scale effects and related instabilities

G. Frantziskonis, F. F. Tang, C. S. Desai

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A new mechanics based approach is proposed for scale effects and instabilities on borehole problems. In borehole types of structural systems, two types of instabilities can take place. The first is due to surface degradation growth and results into spalling of layers at the hole wall. The second is due to damage progression, and results into globally unstable response of the structure. The hole size has been found experimentally to be an important parameter in breakout instability initiation. Laboratory size holes may overestimate instability initiation properties by a large factor. At the same time, material properties such as peak stress depend largely on the size and shape of a specimen subjected to uniaxial or triaxial compression. This work attempts to incorporate size and scale effects into the instability initiation conditions. The important task of transferring information from laboratory experiments to actual large scale engineering problems is analysed and discussed. The potential of the theory is demonstrated. The need for further experimental and theoretical work is identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-389
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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