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Theoretical Analysis of Pore Pressure Diffusion in Some Basic Rock Mechanics Experiments

Philipp Braun
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Siavash Ghabezloo
Pierre Delage
Jean Sulem

Abstract

Non-homogeneity of the pore pressure field in a specimen is an issue for characterization of the thermo-poromechanical behaviour of low-permeability geomaterials, as in the case of the Callovo-Oxfordian claystone (k < 10−20 m2), a possible host rock for deep radioactive waste disposal in France. In tests with drained boundary conditions, excess pore pressure can result in significant errors in the measurement of material parameters. Analytical solutions are presented for the change in time of the pore pressure field in a specimen submitted to various loading paths and different rates. The pore pressure field in mechanical and thermal undrained tests is simulated with a 1D finite difference model taking into account the dead volume of the drainage system of the triaxial cell connected to the specimen. These solutions provide a simple and efficient tool for the estimation of the conditions that must hold for reliable determination of material parameters and for optimization of various test conditions to minimize the experimental duration, while keeping the measurement errors at an acceptable level.
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hal-01729595 , version 1 (12-03-2018)

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Philipp Braun, Siavash Ghabezloo, Pierre Delage, Jean Sulem, Nathalie Conil. Theoretical Analysis of Pore Pressure Diffusion in Some Basic Rock Mechanics Experiments. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2018, ⟨10.1007/s00603-018-1410-8⟩. ⟨hal-01729595⟩
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