INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF SOIL MECHANICS, ROCK MECHANICS, AND ENGINEERING GEOLOGY

SOIL MECHANICS AND ROCK MECHANICS HAVE MANY SIMILARITIES IN THAT THEY DEAL WITH NATURAL GEOLOGIC MATERIALS. THEY BOTH MAKE USE OF FIELD OR LABORATORY DETERMINED MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIA TOGETHER WITH EQUATIONS FROM THEORETICAL AND APPLIED MECHANICS TO PREDICT THE BEHAVIOR OF SOIL OR ROCK UNDER CHANGES IN THE STRESS ENVIRONMENT. THE DISCIPLINES ARE DIFFERENT IN THAT ROCK MECHANICS TREATS TO A GREAT EXTENT ANISOTROPIC MATERIAL. IN MANY CASES, BECAUSE OF THE SCALE OF THE DISCONTINUITIES IN THE ROCK MASS, THE PERTINENT MECHANICAL PROPERTY CAN ONLY BE MEASURED BY LARGE SCALE FIELD TESTS. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY IS RELATED TO BOTH SOIL AND ROCK MECHANICS AND IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL IN ESTABLISHING THE BOUNDARIES OF HOMOGENEOUS ZONES FOR TESTING AND ANALYSIS. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00235832
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 1971 12:00AM