Determination of Rock Mass Strength Properties by Homogenization

  • A. Pouya
  • M. Ghoreychi
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 397)


A method for determining fractured rock masse properties is given on the basis of a homogenisation approach. The homogenized constitutive model of the rock mass considered as a heterogeneous medium constituted of intact rock and of fractures, is studied numerically using Finite Element Method. The constitutive model of the rock masse, elastic properties, ultimate strength and hardening law, were determined assuming linear elasticity and Mohr-Coulomb strength criterion for intact rock and for fractures.


Rock Mass Representative Elementary Volume Intact Rock Internal Friction Angle Load Direction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Pouya
    • 1
  • M. Ghoreychi
    • 1
  1. 1.École PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance

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