The Edge Function Method: An Efficient New Numerical Technique in Rock Mechanics

Dwyer, J.F. (University of Colorado) | Amadei, B. (University of Colorado)


ABSTRACT: The edge function method for anisotropic elasticity is presented. Analytical solutions model field behavior in critical parts of the domain of interest. Boundary conditions are matched using a variational principle. Accurate results are obtained for a range of rock mechanics problems involving gravity forces, cavities, cracks and singular loadings.