Principles of rock mechanics, the science of predicting the behavior of rock masses, are often based on insufficient data with significant disparities between experiment, theory and field experience. The U.S., committed increasingly to major projects involving rock masses, is interested in their economical and safe execution. In this study seven subpanels assessed the current state of knowledge in specific areas, and recommended research that should be undertaken to reduce or eliminate deficiencies. Although the groups endeavored to assess the costs, time, manpower and appropriate funding agencies, these matters were generally beyond their scope since they were charged with making recommendations covering technical areas. The Steering Group then made six observations concerning funding, the need for large-scale laboratory and field testing, and the advantages of combining such investigations with current engineering projects involving rock masses.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia, 22161, Report No. NRC/AMPS/RM-81-1.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Sciences

    US National Committee for Rock Mechanics
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Publication Date: 1981

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 222 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335555
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1982 12:00AM