MECHANICS OF JOINTED ROCK: EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL STUDIES

The stress strain behavior of intact rock and the phenomena of friction along a single plane as well as the relation to the underlying mechanisms are reviewed. The behavior of the modeling material is consistent with that of most brittle rock. Results of the tests with jointed models which are also supported theoretically, show that the transition from brittle to ductile behavior coincides with the transition from sliding along a pre-existing joint to fracture through the intact material. Multiple joints have a systematic influence on strength and deformability depending on joint orientation, joint spacing and number of joint sets. The study of analytical methods shows that the finite element technique with the feature of special joint elements is well suited for the analysis of jointed rock masses. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated Sep 68, PB-180 248.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Einstein, H H
    • Bruhn, R W
    • Hirschfeld, R C
  • Publication Date: 1970-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 122 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R70-62 Intrm Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: C-85-65t
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1973 12:00AM