Friction and Sliding Phenomena

  • Mervyn S. Paterson
Part of the Minerals and Rocks book series (MINERALS, volume 13)


Sliding at discrete discontinuities in rocks has been studied from many points of view. In particular, studies have been directed to the following topics:
  1. 1.

    The values and mechanisms of friction in rocks, viewed as a distinctive class of materials.

  2. 2.

    The “residual” strength of rock after shear failure.

  3. 3.

    The mechanical behaviour of jointed or crushed rock.

  4. 4.

    The mechanics of geologic faulting and the generation of structures such as slickensides.

  5. 5.

    Stick-slip behaviour, especially in relation to earthquake mechanisms.



Clay Porosity Quartz Graphite Hydrated 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mervyn S. Paterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Earth SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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