Model of the Stress-Strain Behaviour of Rock Masses

  • Walter Wittke


The stress-strain behaviour of rock masses is of considerable importance with regard to stability investigations and thus also with regard to the designing and construction of structures in rock. It is found that, even in the case of underground openings with a relatively limited overburden, the rock mass usually represents the actual load-carrying structure, aided by the opening’s support and lining. Similarly, where concentrated loads are introduced into the bedrock as in the case of concrete arch dams, the rock mass forms a critical part of the overall structure. Deformations in the bedrock lead to loading of the arch dam and vice versa, so that an interaction between both components of the structure arises. The rock mass, perhaps in combination with a retaining structure, also has the task of dissipating loads due to dead weight and other influences when slopes are constructed


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  • Walter Wittke
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  1. 1.Institut für Grundbau, Bodenmechanik, Felsmechanik und VerkehrswasserbauRWTH AachenAachenGermany

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