ROCK FRACTURING UNDER MICROWAVE IRRADIATION: DEVELOPMENT OF ANALYTICAL METHODS AND INVESTIGATION OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF BOUND WATER
Microwave irradiation has been considered as a potential method for weakening rock in mining and civil engineering applications. Most rocks in Earth’s crust are predominantly composed of silicate minerals, which are weak microwave absorbers, and the behavior of these rocks under microwave irradiation is not completely understood. This contribution examines the mineralogical and textural controls governing microwave-induced cracking in granites and the influence of the presence of hydrated minerals. A review of existing methods to characterize cracks indicated that there is no single method that ...
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