Existence of a threshold for brittle grains crushing strength: two-versus three- parameter Weibull distribution fitting

Abstract : Grain crushing plays an important role in the mechanical behavior of granular media, in chemo-hydro-thermo-mechanical couplings, in instabilities related to strain localization such as shear bands and compaction bands, in geophysical and geotechnical processes, in reservoir and petroleum engineering and in many other domains. The strength of brittle particles seems to be quite well described by a two-parameter Weibull distribution. Nevertheless, such a distribution predicts that failure is possible under any level of applied stress. On the contrary a three-parameter Weibull distribution contains a stress threshold under which grain failure is unlikely. Based on existing experiments on crushing of individual grains from various geomaterials and surrogate materials, and on new experiments performed on rock sugar particles, the present paper explores and compares the applicability of a two-versus a three parameter Weibull distribution. It is shown that in most of the cases the three-parameter Weibull distribution better describes the experimental results.
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Granular Matter, Springer Verlag, 2015, 〈10.1007/s10035-015-0603-z〉
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Ioannis Stefanou, Jean Sulem. Existence of a threshold for brittle grains crushing strength: two-versus three- parameter Weibull distribution fitting. Granular Matter, Springer Verlag, 2015, 〈10.1007/s10035-015-0603-z〉. 〈hal-01262954〉

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