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Failure Mechanism of Jointed Rock

  • H. K. Kutter
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 165)

Abstract

The structural geologist knew for a long time that the earth’s crust is highly fractured, cracked and jointed and not, as the engineers for too long a time liked to assume, continuous, homogeneous, and isotropic and therefore the ideal solid material. This lack of appreciation of the geological facts was not purely the result of poor communication between the two disciplines — there were some practice-oriented geologists [4, 17] and fewer engineers [12, 14] who early recognized and advocated the necessity to take these structural discontinuities into consideration in the designs — but rather caused by the inability to deal analytically with such a complex material as the discontinuous medium.

Keywords

Rock Mass Jointed Rock Intact Rock Jointed Rock Mass Failure Envelope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. K. Kutter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für GeologieRuhr-Universität BochumGermany

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