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Submitted by: Mark Gonzaga (R06521128) Submitted to: Prof.

Fu-shu Jeng
Date Submitted: 2018/4/11 Course: Rock Mechanics

QIC #5.1: Is εθ = εr for triaxial compression? (clue: WF p.160, show formal derivation)
For triaxial tests (which have cylindrical specimens), circumferential strain is equal to radial strain.
Since circumference changes proportionally with radius, and strains are simply ratios, both strains
are equal. Or,
𝜀𝑟 =
𝑑𝐶 2𝜋𝑑𝑟 𝑑𝑟
𝜀𝜃 = = =
𝐶 2𝜋𝑟 𝑟
∴ 𝜀𝑟 = 𝜀𝜃
QIC #5.2: Compare deformation curve of soil & rock.
The deformation curves for both soil and rock are similar in that they both experience ductile
failure and brittle failure. However, for the case of rocks, brittle failure dominates, and ductile
failure may only be experienced at very high confining pressures, sometimes at figures beyond
that encountered in engineering practice.
QIC #5.3: Can ν = 0.5 for elastic material? What does it mean when ν = 0.5?
Young’s Modulus is defined by 𝐸 = 3𝐾(1 − 2𝜈). When Poisson’s ratio exceed 0.5, E becomes
negative (material under compression experiences an increase in volume, and material in tension
experiences a decrease in volume), which is impossible. Therefore, Poisson’s ratio can never
exceed 0.5 for an elastic material.