Rock Mechanics pp 187-196 | Cite as

Friction Properties and Frictional Behavior of Rock Separation Planes

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


Since the birth of rock mechanics as a separate branch of science a few decades ago, it has been clear that the laws of continuum mechanics could not be applied to the mechanical behaviour of rock masses near the earth’s surface. The concept of discontinuum mechanics was developed, in which the deformational behaviour of rock masses takes place by relative movements along discontinuities like faults, joints, bedding-planes, etc.. The separation planes may be present before deformation starts or may be caused by fracturing of the rock mass due to local concentration of stresses during the loading process.


Rock Mass Relative Movement Surface Geometry Frictional Resistance Friction Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Rengers
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  1. 1.International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)EnschedeThe Netherlands

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