THREE DIMENSIONAL FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF JOINTED ROCK SLOPES

THIS STUDY APPLIES THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD TO A THREE- DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS OF DISPLACEMENTS AND STRESSES WITHIN ROCK SLOPES CONTAINING JOINTS OF ARBITRARY ORIENTATION AND EXTENT. THE ROCK SLOPE IS IDEALIZED AS AN AGGREGATE OF TWO DISTINCT SETS OF PHYSICAL ELEMENTS: THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL ROCK BLOCKS AND THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL JOINT ELEMENTS. PLANE JOINT ELEMENTS OF TRIANGULAR AND QUADRILATERAL SHAPE ARE DEVELOPED BY AN EXTENSION OF THE LINE JOINT ELEMENT CONCEPT. THE SOLID ELEMENTS REPRESENTING ROCK BLOCKS ARE COMPOSED FROM TETRAHEDRA. ON THE BASIS OF THE ANALYSIS, A COMPUTER PROGRAM IS DEVELOPED TO EXAMINE THE BEHAVIOR OF JOINTED ROCK SLOPES UNDER INITIAL, BODY, AND BOUNDARY LOADS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 3, No 7-12, PP 353-360, 5 FIG, 2 TAB, 30 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Society for Rock Mechanics

    Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Avenida do Brasil
    Lisbon 5,   Portugal 
  • Authors:
    • Mahtab, M A
    • Goodman, R E
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Accession Number: 00236145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 364
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 9 1972 12:00AM