[SSS14-P01] Measurement of shear-wave polarization anisotropy in crack-bearing Aji granite during shear experiment
Keywords:Earthquake prediction, Shear-wave polarization anisotropy
For the experiment, we investigated the change in elastic wave velocity according to shear deformation using a High-T biaxial frictional testing machine in Hiroshima University. For the experimental samples, Aji granite which generated thermal cracks inside by heating to 600 degrees Celsius was used. In the shear experiment, it was carried out by loading the central rock block at a constant speed while keeping the vertical stress constant. The shear sliding velocity was about 0.9µm/s and the normal stress was 5 MPa. For measurement of elastic waves, probes with a resonance frequency of 1 MHz (manufactured by Olympus Corporation) were used, and S wave and P wave were measured by pulse transmission method. The propagation direction of elastic wave is parallel to the shear plane and perpendicular to the shear sliding direction, and for the S wave, we measured two components, wave (SH) oscillating in the plane orthogonal to the shear plane and wave (SV) oscillating parallel to the shear plane.
From the experimental results, with the increase of the shear stress, it was found that the velocity of SH wave rises earlier and the SV wave rises late. In addition, there was a phenomenon in which the initial motion of the SV wave jumped suddenly as the shear stress increased. This means that when the shear stress is low and the maximum principal stress axis in the sample is close to the direction of the normal stress, the shear direction cracks are frequently closed and the SH wave velocity increases, and the shear stress increases, when the inclination of the maximum principal stress axis becomes steeper with respect to the normal stress, it is considered that the direction of the crack which closes is correspondingly inclined. In this way, since the SH wave and SV wave behave differently due to the increase of the shear stress and the corresponding change of the principal stress axis angle, by utilizing this property, a good index for monitoring the stress state around the fault.