A cell-DEVS model for fracture propagation in rock

@article{Wainer2017ACM,
  title={A cell-DEVS model for fracture propagation in rock},
  author={Gabriel A. Wainer and Scott Stewart},
  journal={2017 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC)},
  year={2017},
  pages={989-1000}
}
We present a cellular model to study the propagation of cracks in a given sample of rock. The model uses the fractal geometry found in real rocks and the stress and strain on an element of rock to update the element's strength. We study the propagation speed of the cracks with different initial conditions. The model shows that the more inhomogeneous a rock sample is the quicker a fracture can propagate through it. Because fractures release a large amount of energy when they grow, earthquakes… CONTINUE READING

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