Double torsion testing machine to determine the subcritical fracture index in rocks
This paper discusses the design methodology applied to build a testing machine to determine the sub-critical fracture index in a rock, based on double torsion testing in order to characterize naturally fractured formations such as those located in the Colombian Llanos Foothill Basin . These formations have been subjected to cyclic loads over time, causing fractures that trend to spread at sub-critical stress intensity values. Similarly, it presents the results of testing conducted on nine specimens of the Tambor Formation from 2 different outcrops to establish the testing traceability in the equipment.
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