EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH ON REDUCTION OF GRANITE STRENGTH INDUCED BY MICROWAVE IRRADIATION

World Mining Congress
Based upon research findings from several countries, the combination of microwave and mechanical means to break hard rock holds promise for the future. To achieve this goal, it is essential to understand the laws governing strength reduction of hard rock, such as granite, induced by microwave irradiation. Two aspects to consider are: 1) laws associated with the tensile strength of hard rock after microwave irradiation and 2) the sensitivity of different types of rock strengths to microwave energy. In this study, granite with a range of tensile strengths was exposed to microwaves for various time periods to compare the response of rocks with different strength values exposed to the same microwave irradiation. In addition, a method based on hotspots is presented to explain the mechanism by which granite strength is reduced by microwave irradiation.
Keywords: Rock; Rocks; Strength; Granites; Granite; Reduction; Tensile strength; Tests; test; compressive strength;
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