Shear resistance and deformability of rock discontinuities

H. H. Einstein, C. H. Dowding

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Rock mass behavior, which for engineering purposes frequently can be described by its resistance (strength), deformability and permeability, is affected by the combined behavior of continuous (or intact) rock and discontinuities. Discontinuities are planar features (or surfaces) of smaller resistance and higher deformability and permeability than the intact rock. This chapter summarizes discontinuity resistance and deformability as measured in the laboratory. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-219
Number of pages43
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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