Geomechanical modelling of jointed rock

P. H.S.W. Kulatilake, G. Swoboda

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A good understanding of the mechanical properties of discontinuous (jointed) rock masses is vital to arrive at safe and economical designs for geotechnical structures in and on rock masses. Geotechnical structures in jointed rock are encountered in civil, mining and petroleum engineering disciplines. The presence of discontinuities strongly affects the mechanical behaviour of rock masses. The following types of problems need to be addressed: a) effect of major discontinuities on deformation and stability of rock masses, b) estimation of equivalent mechanical behaviour of rock masses which contain intact rock and minor discontinuities, and c) procedures to perform stress, deformation and stability analysis of large rock masses which contain intact rock and both major and minor discontinuities. This paper discusses briefly the procedures available, as well as some new techniques, for tackling these problems. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-394
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Energy(all)


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