Rock slope stability analysis using fracture systems

Authors: Hadjigeorgiou, JohnGrenon, Martin
Abstract: This paper presents a methodology whereby statistically representative fracture patterns can be used for an accurate representation of structural discontinuities in rock. This implies that field data can be used to generate characteristic fracture systems for a rock mass. It is then possible to introduce any range of slope geometry in the generated rock mass. The stability of such excavations can be evaluated using traditional limit equilibrium analysis. The advantage of this approach is that it can consider the influence of both large-scale (major) fractures whose relative location in the rock mass is well defined and minor fractures whose location and orientation is defined by probabilistic algorithms. This is demonstrated in this paper with reference to a rock slope susceptible to wedge-type failures.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 August 2006
Open Access Date: 11 January 2019
Document version: AM
This document was published in: International journal of surface mining, reclamation and environment, Vol. 19 (2), 87-99 (2005)
Alternative version: 10.1080/13895260500106589
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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