Observation of microcracks in granite using a confocal laser scanning microscope

Shixin Liu, A. H.M. Faisal Anwar, Cheol Kim Byung, Ichikawa Yasuaki

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Abstract

Microcrack generation and propagation of coarse- and fine-grained granites were investigated under a confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) observation. The microphotographs were obtained for different stages of the applied stresses corresponding to the different cracking zones as mentioned in the stress strain relationship of granite. The microphotographs under CLSM showed that the microcracks were initiated from the crack tips where the maximum stress concentration may occur while in previous studies under light microscope (LM) or stereoscopic microscope it was found that the microcracks initiate from the grain boundary. Results revealed that the microcracks were propagated first perpendicular to the loading direction towards the weak crystalline surface of the feldspar and then parallel to the loading direction towards the quartz. Microcracks were also initiated from the corner tips of biotite and then propagated towards the weak crystalline surface of feldspar and then parallel to the loading direction. The microcracks in the fine grain granite were initiated at a later stage of applied stress than the coarse one because it has a numerous number of contacts between the grains offering the high bondage of cementing material. Thus the CLSM observation described in this paper may be considered as an improved method of analyzing microcracks in rocks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures
EditorsYong-Bo Shao, Chat-Tim Tam, Xin-Gang Zhou
PublisherCI-Premier Pte Ltd
Pages685-692
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789810851996
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures - Yantai, China
Duration: Apr 23 2010Apr 25 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures
Volume1

Other

Other12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures
CountryChina
CityYantai
Period4/23/104/25/10

Keywords

  • CLSM
  • Microcracks propagation
  • Observation of microcracks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Liu, S., Faisal Anwar, A. H. M., Byung, C. K., & Yasuaki, I. (2010). Observation of microcracks in granite using a confocal laser scanning microscope. In Y-B. Shao, C-T. Tam, & X-G. Zhou (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures (pp. 685-692). (Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs and Maintenance of Structures; Vol. 1). CI-Premier Pte Ltd.