Numerical simulation of compaction bands in high-porosity sedimentary rock

R. Katsman*, E. Aharonov, H. Scher

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The characteristic features of compaction bands in high-porosity sedimentary rocks were investigated using numerical simulations. A discrete model was developed for investigating formation mechanisms of compaction bands, in which material was represented as a hexagonal lattice of springs which can transfer only normal forces. Parametric analysis was also conducted to explore and predict conditions under which compaction bands form and develop. The results show that for a non-homogeneous material, the stress drops, originating due to large disorder, will be small and quite frequent.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)143-162
Number of pages20
JournalMechanics of Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is being partially supported by a grant from BP and the Sara Lee Schupf Women and Science Fellowship. Dr. E. Aharonov is incumbent of the Anna and Maurice Boukstein Career Development Chair.


  • Compaction
  • Disorder
  • Porous rock
  • Rock mechanics
  • Spring network


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