Stochastic and Centrifuge Modelling of Jointed Rock
Final rept. Jun 1987-May 1990
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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This Executive Summary presents the major results in the three research areas Fracturing of Jointed Rock, Centrifuge Testing of Jointed Rock and Stochastic Modelling of Jointed Rock. A separate volume of this final report is devoted to each of these research areas, namely, Volume I Fracturing of Fractured Rock, Volume II Centrifuge Modelling of Jointed Rock, Volume III, Stochastic and Topological Fracture Geometry Model. Research in area I resulted in the discovery of a new fracture coalescence mode and in an analytical model for this. Research in area II led to a more accurate recognition of arching and to an appropriate predictive model it also showed to which extent centrifuge modelling can be applied to discontinue. Finally, research in area III led to a stochastic fracture geometry model which can accurately represent actual fracture trace geometries and the sequential genesis of fractures this model was incorporated in a new topological slope stability model.
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