The investigation of rock cutting simulation based on discrete element method

  • Zhu, Xiaohua (School of Mechatronic Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University) ;
  • Liu, Weiji (School of Mechatronic Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University) ;
  • Lv, Yanxin (School of Mechatronic Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University)
  • Received : 2016.01.07
  • Accepted : 2017.06.16
  • Published : 2017.12.25


It is well accepted that rock failure mechanism influence the cutting efficiency and determination of optimum cutting parameters. In this paper, an attempt was made to research the factors that affect the failure mechanism based on discrete element method (DEM). The influences of cutting depth, hydrostatic pressure, cutting velocity, back rake angle and joint set on failure mechanism in rock-cutting are researched by PFC2D. The results show that: the ductile failure occurs at shallow cutting depths, the brittle failure occurs as the depth of cut increases beyond a threshold value. The mean cutting forces have a linear related to the cutting depth if the cutting action is dominated by the ductile mode, however, the mean cutting forces are deviate from the linear relationship while the cutting action is dominated by the brittle mode. The failure mechanism changes from brittle mode with larger chips under atmospheric conditions, to ductile mode with crushed chips under hydrostatic conditions. As the cutting velocity increases, a grow number of micro-cracks are initiated around the cutter and the volume of the chipped fragmentation is decreasing correspondingly. The crack initiates and propagates parallel to the free surface with a smaller rake angle, but with the rake angle increases, the direction of crack initiation and propagation is changed to towards the intact rock. The existence of joint set have significant influence on crack initiation and propagation, it makes the crack prone to propagate along the joint.


Supported by : National Natural Science Foundation of China, Youth Science and Technology Innovation Research Team of Sichuan Province


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