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1965 , VO L. 16
2 e 2
"
r
_:D
1 (X)
1 r r ae
"= ,;;~
ee
where
;)2
= (X)
X is the stress function assumed by Filon (1924). The constants in the above
259
260
D. W. Hobbs
expressions are obtained by comparing these expressions with the Founr expansion of
the boundary strss conditions. The boundary conditions for a ring thickness t , internal
radius b , external radius a, su ected to diametricalloads Wat the points corresponding to
B=t77' are
intherange  <B< +
rra=]K
2at
rr
= 0
E.
O.
(n
as fo lIowst
(
"'^ = ~:
W (1
BB
l ~
1  q2
+
Be is
(1
+ 1) B r n  2 +
""
J'
n(
1)
Cr2
1)(n + 2)A r
(
 1)(n  2)
D r}
cos nB (l)
D,,= (1 n=
Q
= (1  q2n)2 _
n 2 q22
(1 _ q2)2
and
2W
= [ ( 1)%/2
n even
= 0
n odd.
':'_
W 1.
^ / _
24r2 a
BB = ; 11 + q217_  1
r
/a 4
+ q41 \r'
e=
= 77'
a2\)
1 ~.
r'I
Thus for small values of q there is a rapid approach to the solid disk solution
increases (see fgure 1).
When r = b equation (1) becomes , on simplifying,
and when q
77'
at
1  q2J
2W
77' at
"' i 
1)122nq2(1 _
77'
(1  q2n)2  n2q2n2(1 
/
,
,=u
Wf at as r
r=h = ~ f=
ignoring
(2 +
77'ur
8 cos 2B).
(4)
Thus the tangential stress has its maximum compressive value at B = 0 and 77', and its
maximum tensile value at B = 7r. The relationships between the maximum com
261
90
80
Maximum
tensile slre ss
g=t
g**
40
~ 4
t2 3
c; 2
20
0.2
0.4
0.6
08
o
o
1.0
rJb
Figure 1. Relationship between the tangentiaI stress and the distance a10ng the
Ioaded diameter.
0'2
0'4
(}6
Ratio 01 internal 10 external diameler
'8
pressive and tensile stresses obtained from equation (3) and q, the ratio of the interna1 to
the externa1 radius , are shown in figure 2.
The maximum tensile stress P and the maximum compressive stress Q are, from equation
3, approximately given by
P=
(6 + 38q2)
(5)
and
Q= (10 + 10
(6)
respectively.
From the foregoing paragraphs it can be seen that the maximum tensile stress in a disk
with a centra1 ho1e is at 1east 6 times as great as the maximum tensile stress in a solid disk
su ected to the same diametrical 10ad. Thus the ratio of the maximum shear stress to
the maximum tensi1e stress in a. disk with a small central hole is at most onesixth of the
similar ratio for a solid disk.
The stress distributions determined by theoretical elasticity are only applicable to
materials which are homogeneous , isotropic, and elastic. However , the stresses in rock
are probably close to the stresses obtained by analytical methods since rocks behave for the
most part elastically up to the point of fracture and show little anisotr:opy in their elastic
moduli. In addition Berenbaum and Brodie (1959 b) have shown that the. stresses in
photoelastic models and th results obtained for coal are in .reasonable agreemen t. Some
further evidence which justifies the application of theoretical elasticity to rock is given in g5.
262
D. W. Hobbs
4. Mode of fracture
Holdsworth and Werb10w (1960 , private communication) have studied the crack formation in disks of Pennant sandstone using an electronic microsecond counter and highsped
photography. In the counter method two paralle1 pencil Iines were drawn in. apart on
six Pennant sandstone disks of 2.7 in. external diameter. The two lines were then connected to the start and stop connections of a microsecond counter and the disks were
broken a10ng the diameter perpendicular to the parallellines. It was found that breakag
of the 1ine closest to the hole started the counter and that the counter was subsequently
stopped when the other graphite 1ine was broken. Thus the direction of trave1 of the
crack from the interna1 to the external diameter was established. From the results obtained
an estimate was made ofthe speed oftrave1 ofthe crack; this was found to be approximateJy
22000 in. sec1 This result was in accord with the photographic evidence which showed
that the cracking mechanism is completed in less than 300 microseconds.
A simple procedure was adopted in the present work to assess whether the plaster and
rock disks tested fai1ed in tension. Solid disks and disks with a small central hole were
t A shaly clay minera1.
An assessment
01 a
strenth
01 rock
263
prepared from each block of rock tested and from each of the preliminary plaster mixes
tested. The disks were then fractured. If the solid disks failed along the loaded diameter
at a mean load Ws and the disks with a central hole failed along the loaded diameter at a
mean load WH , then the disks with a hole failed in tension if Ws was greater than WH.
If WS and W are approximately equal , howevr failure occurs either in tension or in
shear close to the loading platns since at the sam load the shear stresses close to the
loading platens are , by St. Venant s principle , the same for both sets of disks. Of the range
of rock types tested to date all but one have , by this simple procedure , failed in tension.
Thus the ratio betwen the maximum shear stress and maximum tensil stress is sufficiently
small to prevent shar failure occurring close to the loading platns prior to tensile failure
occurring along the loaded diamter.
When plaster and rock disks with small central holes are crushed failure is initiated
along the loaded diameter and subsidiary cracks differing in number from 0 to 4 forrn in
the two halves of the broken disk. These subsidiary cracks start at , or close to , the edg
of the loaded area of the disk and generally propagate to th surface of the central hole.
For plaster disks the number of subsidiary cracks is related to the tensile strenh of the
disks , the larger the number of subidiary cracks the stronger the disks. A photograph
showing the more frequent modes of fracture for both plastr and rock disks is shown in
figur 3 (p late)t.
Th plaster disks shown are of 1.24 in. diameter , with a central hole
diameter of 0.086 in. and a thickness of 0.5 in. The rock disks shown are of 1 in. diamter
with a variety of central hole diameters and a thickness of 0.25 in.
The following mechanism is suggested to account for the subsidiary cracks. When the
tensile diametrical crack propagates , the load falls. The load is now supported by the
two half disks. At a particular load or stress , shear cracks start from the edge of the
loaded areas and propagate further either by the action of tensile stresses or by the action
of shear stresses. However , a point is reached whn the tensile stress along the crack
edge reaches , by analogy with the stresses in a curved beam , the tensile strenh of the
material; a change in crack direction then occurs and the crack propagates to the surface
of the central holIn the case of disks with large central holes the shear cracks do not
propagate from the edge of the loaded aras instead secondary tnsile cracks are forrned
in each half disk as shown in figure 4 (plate).
5. The effect of an eccentrically placed hole on the tensile strenh
In general the circular contours of the plaster and rock disks were not concentric. An
approximate solution for the stresses around a small bole eccentrically placed can be
obtained by combining the solution for the stresses within a solid disk (Frocht 1948) with
Kirsch s solution (1898) for the stress distribution around a circar hole.
If the distance between the centres of the two circles is e, then the maximum tensile
stress around the circular hole , when the centres of th two circles lie on the line of the
loads , is given by
W (_
P = _"
12
1Tat I
2a.
2a)
+ _....::::::_
a  e + a=el
_
(7)
and , when the centres of the circles lie on the diameter perpendicular to tbe line of the
loads, the maximum tensile stress is given by
W 2(3a2  e2 )(a2
  2

1T
at
(a
+ e2
e2)
The value of P1TatjW is given in table 1 for two values of a and three values of e.
t Plates at end of issue.
(8)
264
w. Hobbs
Table 1. The effect of an eccentrically placed hole on the maximum tensiIe stress
P 7Tat/W
Eccentricity
e (in.)
External diameter
a (in.)
1.0
Hole centre on
line of loads
6.0
6.02
6.06
6.0
5.92
5.70
6.00
6.01
6.04
6.0
5.95
5.80
0.03125
0.0625
1.25
0.03125
0.0625
400
;:; 300
Theoretical cum
100
0.2
0.1
0.3
0.4
Eccentricity e (in.l
(0)
400
300
gg
g=u
g
1001
line 01 loads
 Theoretical curve
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
Eccentricity e (in .l
(b)
Figure 5. (a) Theoretical and experimental results for plaster disks with eccentrically placd
holes. Disks 1.24 in. external diam<:ter, 0.086 in. internal diameter and 0.5 in. thick. (b)
Theoretical and experimental results for Ormonde sandstone disks with eccentrically placed holes.
Disks 1 in. external diameter, o. 125 in. internal diameter and 0.25 in. thick.
265
The maximum value of e for the plaster and rock disks used in these experiments was less
than 1/16 .0625) in. The assumption that the disks tested contained concentric ho1es
therefore gave rise to an error in the individual tensile strength results of, at most, 5 %.
However , the error in the mean tensile strength was probably considerably less than 5%
for two reasons: firstly , an eccentrically placed hole can either increase or decrease the
maximum tensile stress , and secondly , the disks were generally crushed along a diameter
which passes through the centre of the eccentrically placed hole (the equ i1i brium position
of the disk).
Equations (7) and (8) provide a simple mans of testing the applicability of elasticity
theory to rock and plaster since the tensile strenh of disks with eccntrically placed holes
calculated from these equations should be constant.
The results of the measurements of applied load required for breakage of plaster and
Ormonde sandstonet disks with holes of known eccentricity are shown in figures 5 (a)
and (b) , where the fracture load is plotted against eccentricity. Each point plotted is the
mean of 6 or 7 observations. The full1ines shown represent the theortical fracture loads
obtained from equations (7) and (8) assuming that the specimen fractures when the maximum tensile stress reaches a constant value. It can be seen from these curves that reasonable agreemnt occurs between experiment and theory. However plaster disks crushed
along the diameter passing through the hole centre were stronger than the simple theory
would suggest , probably because the load is distributed not along a line but over a band.
This would have the effect of reducing the maximum theoretical tensile stress and therefore
a higher load would b necessary to fracture the plaster disks. For th Ormond sandstone
disks with holes of eccentrcty n. crushed along the diameter passing through the hole
centre the agreement betwen experiment and theory is possibly fortuitous. There are two
reasons for this: firstly , for such large eccentricities the distribution of the load over a band
wi11 hav a consderable nfiuence on the stresses , and secondly , the simple theoretical
approach does not apply when a hole of finte size is present c1 0se to the loadng platens
(a region of rapdly changing stresss).
6. Direct comparison of disk with hole' technique with other methods of determining tensile
strength
1n Table 2 results are gven of a comparson btween the diametrical compression of a
disk with a small central hole with thre other types of tensile tes t. The uncertainties
quoted are the standard errors of the mean and the figures in brackets the number of
specimens tsted. The tensil specimens for the four kinds of tens i1e test wer moulded
from six plaster mixes.
Table 2. Comparison of methods of measuring tensile
Type of specimen
Dimensions
strenh
Tensile
strength
(I b in. 2)
89 6:1: 37 (6)
527i:. 6 (4
0.30
1.00
It can be seen from table 2 that the results differ wdely, the highest tens 1 e strength
occurring for the diametrcal compression of a disk wth a hole. The coefficient of variaton is highst for the bendngtest and approxmately the same for the othr three methods.
D.
266
W. Hobbs
Berenbaurn and Brodie (1 959 a) attributed the diiference between the bending test resu1ts
and the indentation and solid disk test results to a toughened surface skin formed during
the casting and setting processes. However , such a surface skin was not present in the
disk with a hole technique since the holes were drilled after baking. It is considred
that the following factors , particularly the first , contributed towards the difference in the
tensile strength results shown in table 2:
(i) The strngth of a plaster specirnen is dependent upon the volurne stressed (see S7).
(ii) In the indentation test and solid disk test th portion of the specirnen subjected to a
high tensile stress is also subjected to a cornpressive stress perpendicular to the
tensile stress; the lateral strain produced by the cornpressive stress is therefore of
the same sign as the strain produced by the tensile stress. If the strngth of plaster
is dependent on the rnagnitude of the strain as well as the magnitude of the stress
then tensile failure will occur at a lower stress than in the other two rnethods.
7. The dependence of tensile strenh on sk dimensions
7. 1. Plaster
Plaster disks with three external diameters and a single thicknss (0. 5 in.) were rnouldd
from three plaster rnixes , and 3 or 4 disks with each of the chosen ratios of internal to
external diarneter were prepared frorn each rnix. The disks were crushed and their tensile
strength ca1culated using either equation (5) or fgure 2 , dpending on the rnagnitude of
the ratio of the internal to the external diameter. The results of these tests are shown in
figure 6. Tests wre also carried out on plaster disks of three thicknesses with an external
diameter of 1.24 in. and an interna1 diamter of 0.086 in. These specirnens were cast
from four plastr mixes , approximately 12 disks of each thickness being obtained from
ach mix. The dependence of tensile strength on disk thickness is shown in figure 7.
[0000
5000
Externa[ diameter
in.
'" 0'75 in.
0'5 in.
(
N
a
)
5001
0'05

@

sa
a)
zSZ
E
;
N
1
[25
ja
[000
0,[
0 5
[{)
 erna[
diameter
500
(i
(}I
0'5
Disk thickness
[,0
30
(i
The results rnay be surnrnarized as follows: The tensile strenh (i) decreases with increasing intemal diameter, (ii) increases with incrasing external diameter, and (iii) decreases with increasing disk thickness. A comparison of the means of the two groups
with thicknesses 0.24 in. and 0.48 in. , and of the two groups with thicknesss 0.48 in.
and 1.13 ins shows that th differences are statistically significant at the 2 % and 0.1 %
probability levels respectively. The changes in tensile strength can probably be accounted
for by the weakest link theory' (Evans and Porneroy 1958).
determinin
the tensile
stren;th
of rock
267
Darley Dale sandstone disks of various dimensions were prepared from a single block
of rock. Eight specimens of each size were crushed. The results are given in table 3.
The uncertainties quoted represent the standard errors of the mean.
Table 3. Mean tensile strenh of disks of Darley Dale sandstone (lb in 2)
External
Internal diamter
diameter
Thickness
(in.)
(in.)
m.
in.
in.
1.0
1'0
1'0
1'0
1
3510"':"'120
3450 ::1:: 120
2990 80
3180. 20
3400 110
3060 100
1
1
3290
2'8
2'8
80
2450 130
2510:
50
70
2520 60
3170 90
3370 ::1:: 120
2500
The results for Darley Dale sandstone are in agreement with the plaster results in the
following two respects: (i) the tensile strength decreases with increasing internal diameter
and (ii) the tensile strength increases with increasing external diameter. However, for the
1 in. diameter disks of Darley Dale sandstone , no trend in tensile strength occurs with
increasing thickness but for the disks 2.8 in. in diameter there is a suggestion of an increase
in tensile strenh with increasing thickness. Th explanation for this increase may be
similar to the one given by Hobbs (1962) to account for the changes in mean compressive
strength with increasing dimensions of rctangular blocks of Barnsley Hards coal crushed
parallel to the bedding planes. Hobbs showd that if failure occurs when a succession of
breaks have occurrd across the width of the specimen then the strength should increase
with increasing spcimen width.
8. Conclusions
A satisfactory technique for determining the tensile strength of rock has been developed.
This technique consists of crushing a rock disk with a central hole along a diameter. Failure
then occurs along the loaded diameter and subsidiary cracks are generally formed in the
two half disks. An explanation has been given for th mode of fracture.
The disk with a hole technique has the following advantages:
(i) it is a direct tensile test ,
(ii) specimens can be prepared from the same cores as the specimens for the compression
tests ,
(iii) th same testing machine can be used for both tensile and compression tests ,
(iv) measurements can easily be made of th tensile strength at a number of orientations
to the laminations ,
(v) failure occurs away from the loading platns.
It has been shown that the experimental failure stresses for plaster and Ormonde sandstone disks with eccentrical1 y placed holes are in reasonable agreement with the stresses
obtained from theoretical elasticity. This agreement provides some justification for the
application of elasticity theory to rock.
The tensile strength of disks of plaster and Darley Dale sandstone is depndent upon
the dimensions of the disk and increases with increasing xternal diamter and decreases
with increasing internal diamete r. It is suggested that the high tensile strengths observed
with the disk with a hole' technique as compared with other methods of determining tensile
strength is due to such a size effect.
If the diametrical compression of a disk with a small central hole is used as a technique
[or detrmining the tensile strength of rock it is important that specimens of the same
65%.
268
D. W. Hobbs
geometry and size ar crushed , otherwise the results will be of doubtful value. To reduce
the effects of the local conditions of the rock at the inner boundary , the inner diameter
should be large relative to the size of the aggregate. Convenient disk dimensions for a
standardized test specimen are a diameter of 1 in. , a hole diameter of 0.125 in. and a
thickness of O. 25 in.
Acknowledgments
The author is grateful to Mr. D. W. Jordan , Mr. J. F. Holdsworth and Mr. A. R. Mears
for obtaining equation (1) , and to Mr. E. F. Painter who assisted with both the experimental
and computational work. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessari1y
those of the Nationa1 Coa1 Board.
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Figurc 3.
Modc ()f fracture of plaster and rock disks with a smaJl central hole.
l igurc 4.