A shear model accounting scale effect in rock joints behavior

F. Vallier, Y. Mitani, M. Boulon, T. Esaki, F. Pellet

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Understanding the scale effect on the mechanical behavior of a single rock joint is still very important in rock engineering. Rock joints can be classified into three different categories depending on their scale: the "micro scale" which is the scale of the asperities; the "meso scale" is the scale of the specimens tested in laboratory; and the "macro scale" which is the scale of the rock mass. The purpose of this paper is to propose an effective way to model rock joints at both the meso and macro scale. An original constitutive mechanical model, in which parameters are deduced from experimental results, has been developed. This model is then extended to simulate the discontinuities occurring at a larger size. At the macro scale, the constitutive modeling was carried out for both small and large relative displacements. Large displacements lead to substantial changes in dilation. For both cases, the peak shear stress vanishes for joints longer than 2 m.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-595
Number of pages15
JournalRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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