Comparison of bonded-particle numerical model results with indirect tension experimental results for Dionysos marble

K. N. Kaklis, P. P. Nomikos, Z. T. Karatza, Z. G. Agioutantis

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review


In this study, results from two series of indirect tensile tests on Dionysos marble specimens, the Brazilian test and the ring test, are compared to those evaluated numerically by using the distinct element code PFC2D. Circular disc specimens with a diameter of 54 mm were prepared and tested in the laboratory. Specimens with different hole diameters were tested with respect to the ring test. The numerical simulations of this study were performed using the Bonded Particle Model (BPM) in PFC2D. The initial selection of the BPM micro-parameters was based on diagrams relating the PFC2D parameters and the synthetic rock properties. The models were calibrated by numerically simulating uniaxial compression tests and Brazilian tests. The ring-test PFC2D models were developed with the same specimen geometries as those of the laboratory tests and by applying the calibrated BPM micro-parameters. The numerically obtained fracture loads are compared to those measured experimentally. Furthermore, the evolution of bonds breakage during the simulation is compared to the rock fracture patterns observed during failure of the specimens. The simulation results demonstrate that both the macro-mechanical response and the failure process can be modeled using BPMs. Differences between the numerical results and the macroscopic marble behavior are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2019
Event53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium - Brooklyn, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2019Jun 26 2019


Conference53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright 2019 ARMA, American Rock Mechanics Association.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


Dive into the research topics of 'Comparison of bonded-particle numerical model results with indirect tension experimental results for Dionysos marble'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this