© 1972

Rock Mechanics

  • Leopold Müller

Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 165)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N3-V
  2. Leopold Mueller
    Pages 1-13
  3. Leopold Mueller
    Pages 15-34
  4. L. Broili
    Pages 35-69
  5. F. Rummel
    Pages 85-94
  6. H. K. Kutter
    Pages 95-109
  7. G. Barla
    Pages 131-169
  8. K. W. John
    Pages 171-186
  9. H. K. Kutter
    Pages 197-211
  10. P. Egger
    Pages 241-282
  11. C. Louis
    Pages 299-387

About this book


Much of the research on fracture of rocks or rock-like materials conducted over the past two decades may be considered as "academic studies" of the general phenomenon of fracture. Yet, the understanding of this phenomenon is fundamental if a material is used in any engineering design, whether the aim is to prevent failure of the structure or to promote it. Fracture theories existing are generally empirical and derived from experimental results of laboratory test with simple boundary conditions. Because of the basic weakness of rock intension and because in general the environmental stresses in rock mechanics are compressive most of these theories consider fracture under compressive stress conditions. The Coulomb-Navier-, the Mohr-, the Griffith and the McClintock and Walsh criteria are typical examples and will be considered in the following. In addition the tendency during the past was in making accurate experiments under conditions of homogeneous stresses. To obtain information about the fracture behaviour with unequal principal stresses systems have to be used which involve inhomogeneous stresses. This case is of particular interest, since in practical rock mechanics we may expect conditions of highly inhomogeneous stresses. However, a consideration of such situations involve additional assumptions like the applicability of the theory of elasticity for calculating the stress field, which may be open to question. A distinction has to be made between fracture initiation and fracture propagation, since a detailed observation of the total fracture process in rock was possible by means of "stiff" and "servo-controlled" loading systems.


Gebirgsmechanik Mechanics Coulomb design elasticity finite element method fracture friction Fundament material mechanics rock mechanics stability stress testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Leopold Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KarlsruheSalzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rock Mechanics
  • Editors Leopold Müller
  • Series Title International Centre for Mechanical Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information CISM Udine 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-211-81301-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-7091-4109-0
  • Series ISSN 0254-1971
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 390
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    Electrical Engineering
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