In Situ Stress Measurements in Austria

  • F. Kohlbeck
  • K.-H. Roch
  • A. E. Scheidegger
Part of the Rock Mechanics / Felsmechanik / Mécanique des Roches book series (ROCK, volume 9)


In situ stress measurements were made at 6 locations in Austria, which were chosen in such a fashion as to yield information on the neotectonic stress in the country. Because of a strong influence of the Alpine topography, it was necessary to apply finite-element calculations for the interpretation of the field results. At three locations, significant tectonic stresses were found which could not be explained by gravitational effects alone. The orientation of the tectonic stresses is in conformity with that found by other methods (joint orientations, earthquakes) in Europe (greatest compression NW — SE).


Stress Measurement Tectonic Stress Horizontal Stress Finite Element Calculation Overburden Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Kohlbeck
    • 1
  • K.-H. Roch
    • 1
  • A. E. Scheidegger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeophysicsTechnical UniversityWienAustria

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