Rock Mechanics and Ground control

Course Material For Singareni Collieries Limited (SCCLtd) Ramagundem AP

By Dr.K.U.M.Rao Professor Department of Mining Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 721302

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Rock Mechanics as a Discipline

Rock mechanics is a discipline that uses the principles of mechanics to describe the behaviour of rocks. Here, the term of rock is in the scale of engineering. The scale is generally in the order of between a few metres to a few thousand metres. Therefore, the rock considered in rock mechanics is in fact the rock mass, which composes intact rock materials and rock discontinuities. What is so special of rock mechanics? For normal construction materials, e.g., steel and concrete, the mechanical behaviours are continuous, homogeneous, isotropic, and linearly elastic (CHILE). Properties of the manmade materials are known and can often be controlled. For rocks, due to the existence of discontinuities, the behaviours are discontinuous, inhomogeneous, anisotropic, and non-linearly elastic (DIANE). Properties of the natural geomaterials are unknown and often can not be controlled. It is important to be award that in rock mechanics, rock discontinuities dominate the mechanical and engineering behaviours. The existence of discontinuity depends on the scale. The discontinuous nature and scale dependence feature is not common in other man-made materials. Rock mechanics is applied to various engineering disciplines: civil, mining, hydropower, petroleum. In civil engineering, it involves foundation, slope and tunnel. In structural engineering, the design process generally is as following: Calculate external loading imposed on the structure; Design the structure and analyse loading in structure elements; Design the structure element and select materials. In rock engineering, or geotechnical engineering, the whole process is different. Loading condition is not easily calculateable, rock engineering, being sloping cutting or underground excavation, does not impose loading, but disturbs the existing stress field of the ground and redistribute the load. Therefore, the key process in rock engineering is to understand the how the stress field is disturbed by engineering activities and how the rock is behaving (responding) to the change of boundary conditions, and yet the material does not has a characteristics controlled by man. The objectives of learning rock mechanics are: • • To understand of the mechanical behaviour of rock materials, rock discontinuities and rock masses. To be able to analyse and to determine mechanical and engineering properties of rocks for engineering applications.

CHAPTER 2 ROCK FORMATION AND ROCK MASS 2.1 Rock Formations and Types Rock is a natural geo-material. In geological term, rock is a solid substance composed of minerals, of which can consist in particulate form (soil particles) or in large form (mountains, tectonic plates, planetary cores, planets). In common term, rock is an aggregate of minerals. Rocks are formed by three main origins: igneous rocks from magma, sedimentary rock from sediments lithfication and metamorphic rocks through metamorphism. Figure 2.1.1a shows the geological process involved in the formations of various rocks. It should be noted that the processes are dynamic and continuous.

Figure 2.1.1a Rock cycle illustrating the role of various geological processes in rock formation. 2.1.3 Igneous Rocks Igneous rocks are formed when molten rock (magma) cools and solidifies, with or without crystallization. They can be formed below the surface as intrusive (plutonic) rocks, or on the surface as extrusive (volcanic) rocks. This magma can be derived from either the Earth's mantle or pre-existing rocks made molten by extreme temperature and pressure changes. Figure 2.1.1a shows the origin of magma and igneous rock through the rock cycle. As magma cools, minerals crystallize from the melt at different temperatures. The magma from which the minerals crystallize is rich in only silicon, oxygen, aluminium, sodium,

2. Sedimentary rocks include common types such as sandstone. chalk and limestone. shale. by the deposition of the results of biogenic activity. Heat and pressure are the causes of metamorphism. Pressure forces some crystals to re-orient. and magnesium minerals. Another important mechanism of metamorphism is that of chemical reactions that occur between minerals without them melting.1.1a). iron. The existing rock may be sedimentary rock. When an existing rock is subjected to heat and extreme pressure. and each mineral assemblage produced provides us with a clue as to the temperatures and pressures at the time of metamorphism. Igneous rocks make up approximately 95% of the upper part of the Earth's crust. transportation. and by precipitation from solution. Four basic processes are involved in the formation of a clastic sedimentary rock: weathering (erosion). The combined effects of recrystallisation and re-orientation usually lead to foliation. The high temperatures and pressures in the depths of the Earth are the cause of the changes. which account for over 90% of all igneous rocks. Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the Earth's surface. but count for only 5% of the rock in the earth crust. Mechanical weathering is the breakdown of rock into particles without producing changes in the chemical composition of the minerals in the rock. Metamorphic rocks make up a large part of the Earth's crust and are classified by texture and by mineral assembly. Chemical weathering is the breakdown of rock by chemical reaction. All rocks disintegrate slowly as a result of mechanical weathering and chemical weathering.1. and thus new minerals are formed.5 Metamorphic Rocks Metamorphic rock is a new rock type transformed from an existing rock type. When above 200°C. Metamorphic rocks are also formed by the intrusion of molten rock (magma) into solid rock and form particularly at the place of contact between the magma and solid rock where the temperatures are high. known as regional metamorphism. These are the elements which combine to form the silicate minerals. calcium. through metamorphism. In the process atoms are exchanged between the minerals. heat causes minerals to recrystallise. conglomerate. deposition and compaction. which is a unique feature . clay. but their great abundance is hidden on the Earth's surface by a relatively thin but widespread layer of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. They are formed deep beneath the Earth's surface by great stresses from rocks above and high pressures and temperatures. Many complex high-temperature reactions may take place.1. igneous rock or another older metamorphic rock (Figure 2.potassium.4 Sedimentary Rocks Sedimentary rock is formed in three main ways – by the deposition of the weathered remains of other rocks (known as 'clastic' sedimentary rocks). 2. known as contact metamorphism. the rock undergoes profound physical and/or chemical change.

Figure 2.2. Joints can be formed due to erosion of the overlying strata exposed at the surface. Joints are the most common type of rock discontinuities. 2.of metamorphic rocks. Earthquakes are caused by energy release during rapid slippage along faults. Large faults within the Earth's crust are the result of shear motion and active fault zones are the causal locations of most earthquakes.2 Rock Discontinuities 2. such as mica and chlorite. clean fracture. a rock mass can have between one to a few joint sets. They are generally considered as part of the rock mass. The largest examples are at tectonic plate boundaries. . The removal of overlying rock results in change of stresses.2a. Joints can also be caused by cooling of hot rock masses. This result in a banded.2. Joints are also formed by tectonic movement. 2. with the bands showing the colours of the minerals that formed them. (ii) three sets. Joints are always in sets. A joint set is a group of parallel joints. Joints are often in sets. to grow with their long axes perpendicular to the direction of the force. Columnar jointing or columnar basalts are typical joint features by cooling. This causes the platy or elongated crystals of minerals. and hence leads to the fracturing of underlying rock. but many faults occur far from active plate boundaries. It occurs when a strong compressive force is applied from one direction to a recrystallizing rock. which form cooling joints.2.1 Joints A geological joint is a generally planar fracture formed in a rock as a result of extensional stress. rock. Joints do not have any significant offset of strata either vertically or horizontally (Figure 2. the term fault zone is used when referring to the zone of complex deformation associated with the fault plane.1a Typical joints seen (i) one dominant set.2 Faults Geologic faults are planar rock fractures which show evidence of relative movement.2.2. or foliated.1a). Typically. Since faults usually do not consist of a single. Figure 2. as the spacing of joints usually is between a few centimetres and a few metres.

3a). 2.2. As faults. Folds can be commonly observed in sedimentary formation and as well as in metamorphic rocks (Figure 2. Folds form under very varied conditions of stress. Folds. but the results of folding is often reflected in the rock mass consideration. are large scale geological features.2. Bedding plane often can be fully closed and cemented.Figure 2. Typically this is a type of fault but it may be difficult to place a distinct fault plane into the shear zone. Although the folding feature may not be directly taking into account of rock mass. Shear zones can be only inches wide. are often associated with high degree of fracturing and relatively weak and soft rocks. folds can be of the similar scale as the engineering project and hence the significance of folds on the behaviour of the rock mass must be taken into consideration. However. or up to several kilometres wide. particularly fault zone and shear zone. Bedding plane therefore is a discontinuity separating different rocks (Figure 2.2.2. The behaviour large scale fault and shear zones require specific investigation and analysis.4 Bedding Planes As sedimentary rocks are formed in layers. They are often dealt separately from the rock mass.2a Faults.4a). Folds are usually not considered as part of the rock mass. if a project is to be constructed over or close such zones. . particularly intense folds. It should be noted that fold has huge variation of features. Small scale single faults often have the similar effects as a joint.3 Folds The term fold is used in geology when originally flat and planar rock strata are bent as a result of tectonic force or movement.2. the interfaces between layers are termed as bedding planes. 2. A shear zone is a wide zone of distributed shearing in rock. fault zone and shear zone.

2.. then rock in such scale is generally a mass of rock at the site. A borehole can be typically around 8 cm while a mine can spread up to a few km.1 Engineering Scale and Rock Engineering in and on rock has different scales. consists of rock blocks and fractures.g. foundations. is the whole body of the rock in situ. which leads to cavities along the interface. However.3. an interface between porous sandstone and limestone may lead to extensive weathering of the limestone. e.2.3. often termed as rock mass. Figure 2. For example.2. Bedding planes are isolated geological features to engineering activities. typically seen in Figure 2. For civil engineering works. When such engineering scale is considered. It mainly creates an interface of two rock materials.Figure 2.3b Folds in a sedimentary formation. . This mass of rock.3a Folds in a sedimentary formation. varying from a few centimetres to a few kilometres. the scale of projects is usually a few ten metres to a few hundreds metres.1b. some bedding planes could also become potential weathered zones and pocket of groundwater. slopes and tunnels.3 Rock Material and Rock Masses 2.

Figure 2.3.2.Figure 2. . Figure 2.4a Some typical bedding planes.2.1b Typical rock masses.4b Some typical bedding planes.

Rock masses are also inhomogeneous due to the mix of rock types. to be free to fall and move (Figure 2. in the form of intact rock plates. Because the rock materials between rock joints are intact and solid.4 Inhomogeneity and Anisotropy 2. they have relative small deformation and low permeability. 2.3.4.2. Most of the engineering materials have varying degrees of inhomogeneity. (ii) Acts as weak planes for sliding and moving. varying from extremely soft clay and fractured and crushed rocks.3. 2.4.1 Inhomogeneity of Rock Materials Inhomogeneity represents property varying with locations.2 Composition of Rock Mass A rock mass contains (a) rock material. blocks and wedges. blocks and wedges. It is therefore obvious that rock mass behaviour by large is governed by rock joints.3.3a). (i) Provides water flow channel and creates flow networks.2a A dyke intrusion. rock mass may also include filling materials in the discontinuities and dyke and sill igneous intrusions (Figure 2. interbedding and intrusion. (ii) Gives large deformation.2 Inhomogeneity of Rock Masses Inhomogeneity of a rock mass is primarily due to the existence of discontinuities. In addition. .3.2a). and faults. Figure 2. (iii)Alters stress distribution and orientation.3 Role of Joints in Rock Mass Behaviour Rock joints change the properties and behaviour of rock mass in the following terms: (i) Cuts rock into slabs. 2. joints. of various sizes. Rock materials and discontinuities together form rockmass. Faults are often filled with weathered materials.3. and (b) rock discontinuities that cuts through the rock. in the forms of fractures. Rocks are formed by nature and exhibits great inhomogeneity.

4.g. . (i) slate and (ii) sandstone.4. e. Rock with most obvious anisotropy is slate. Figure 2.3a Some common anisotropic rocks. However. small degree of anisotropy is possible. Other sedimentary may not have clear anisotropy. Rock mass anisotropy is controlled by (i) joint set (Figure 2.Anisotropy occurs in both rock materials and rock mass.3b).3b A Limestone rock mass with one dominating joint set. Phyllite and schist are the other foliated metamorphic rocks that exhibit anisotropy.4. and (ii) sedimentary layer (Figure 2.2.2a). have noticeable anisotropic characteristics.3a. Some sedimentary rocks.4. shale..4. under the influence of formation process and pressure. as seen in Figure 2.3 Anisotropy Anisotropy is defined as properties are different in different direction. Figure 2.4.

argillaceous and ferrous minerals. 3.CHAPTER 3 PROPERTIES OF ROCK MATERIALS Rock material is the intact rock portion. The Rocks containing quartz as the binder are known as siliceous rocks and are the strongest while the rocks with calcium and magnesium carbonates are the weakest.1 Physical Properties of Rock Material The physical properties of rocks affecting design and construction in rocks are: 1. and arrangement. only about nine of them partake decisively in forming the composition of rocks. megascopic or microscopic. Specific gravity G Unit weight γ Porosity n Void ratio e Moisture content w Degree of saturation. A coarse-grained rock is one in which the large crystals are seen easily while the fine grained rocks need to be seen under a microscope. size. 4. The term “rock texture” refers to the arrangement of its grains. structure. seen on a smooth surface of a mineral aggregate. 3. 8. 5. They are: • Quartz • Feldspar • Mica • Hornblende(Amphiboles) • Pyroxenes • Olivine • Calcite • Kaolinite. 7. 2. One distinguishes between coarse-texture (coarse-grained) and fine-textures rock. and • Dolomite These minerals are glued together by four types of materials such as silicates. showing the geometrical aspects of the rock including shape. S Permeability to water k Mineralogical composition is the intrinsic property controlling the strength of the rock Although there exist more than 2000 kinds of known minerals. 6. Rock structure and texture affect the strength properties of the rock. calcites. . Mineralogical composition . Thus the texture is the appearance. and texture. This Chapter addresses properties of rock material.

M 1 G= S ⋅ VS ρ W (where M S = mass of solids and VS -volume of solids) Unit weight ( γ ) W V ( W is the total weight of the sample and V the total volume of the sample) γ = Density is a measure of mass per unit of volume. It is the ratio of the non-solid volume (VV) to the total volume (V) of material.81 kN/m3 w = moisture content of the sample . It is sometimes defined by unit weight and specific gravity.1.500nd 2. Porosity therefore is a fraction between 0 and 1.4 lb/ft3) Where Wd = dry weight of the sample WS = weight of solids VV and VS = volume of voids and volume of solids V = total volume of the sample G = specific gravity e = Void ratio of the sample γ w = Unit weight of water = 9. Density of rock material various. V V − (WS / Gγ W ) e = n= V = V 1+ e V V 1 = S 1+ e V γ Dry = (The unit weight of water = 1 g/cm3 = 1 t/m3 = 9. Most rocks have density between 2. Density.81 kN/m3 = 62.3.800 kg/m3.1 Specific Gravity. Porosity and Water Content Specific gravity is the ratio of the density of solids to the density of water. Void ratio (e) is the ratio of the volume of voids (VV) to the volume of solids (VS) e= VV VS Wd γ G = ⋅γW = V 1+ e 1+ w Porosity (n) describes how densely the material is packed. and often related to the porosity of the rock.

01 for solid granite to up to 0. Figure Phase diagram illustrating the weights and volume relationship . High porosity therefore naturally leads to high permeability.8.5 for porous sandstone. It is influenced by the specific gravity of the composition minerals and the compaction of the minerals. It is simply the ratio of the weight of water (Ww) to the weight (WS) of the rock material. It may also be represented in percent terms by multiplying the fraction by 100%. Density is used to estimate overburden stress.5 to 2. A low density and high porosity rock usually has low strength. Density and porosity often related to the strength of rock material.The value is typically ranging from less than 0. However. w= Ww W − WS × 100 = × 100 WS WS Degree of saturation S is S= Vw × 100 VV Density is common physical properties. Porosity is one of the governing factors for the permeability. Water content is a measure indicating the amount of water the rock material contains. Porosity provides the void for water to flow through in a rock material. most rocks are well compacted and then have specific gravity between 2.

4 Permeability Permeability is a measure of the ability of a material to transmit fluids. Cerchar and other abrasivity tests are described later. It is an important measure for estimate wear of rock drilling and boring equipment. Table 3.1. A typical measure is the Schmidt rebound hardness number.1.1.1. e. Porous rocks such as sandstones usually have high permeability while granites . metamorphic and chemical sedimentary rocks. 3.1a Physical properties of fresh rock materials 3. including mineral composition and density. generally have very low permeability.Abrasivity measures are given by several tests. including igneous.2 Hardness Hardness is the characteristic of a solid material expressing its resistance to permanent deformation.1a gives common physical properties.1. including density and porosity of rock materials. Most rocks.. The higher quartz content gives higher abrasivity. Hardness of rock materials depends on several factors. 3. steel. As discussed earlier.Table 3. permeability of rock material is governed by porosity.3 Abrasivity Abrasivity measures the abrasiveness of a rock materials against other materials.g. Abrasivity is highly influenced by the amount of quartz mineral in the rock material.

and it will be discussed in a later chapter. flow is concentrated in fractures in the rock mass. Figure 3.1a presents a typical stress-strain curve of a rock under uniaxial compression. Usually compressive strength of rock is defined by the ultimate stress.2. It is one of the most important mechanical properties of rock material.1a. 3. S waves. using the same principle.1c show the states of rock in those stages of compression. A well compacted rock has generally high velocity as the grains are all in good contact and wave are traveling through the solid. the grains are not in good contact.1 Compressive Strength Compressive strength is the capacity of a material to withstand axially directed compressive forces. represent 6 stages that the rock material is undergoing. has limited interests as in the rock mass. 3. For a poorly compact rock material. Permeability of rock materials.1.have low permeability.2 Mechanical Properties of Rock Material 3.2. Typical values of P and S wave velocities of some rocks are given in Table 3. Wave velocities are also commonly used to assess the degree of rock mass fracturing at large scale. P wave velocity measures the travel speed of longitudinal (primary) wave in the material.1. The velocity measurements provide correlation to physical properties in terms of compaction degree of the material. used in design.1b and Figure 3.2. . Permeability of rock fractures is discussed later.2. The most common measure of compressive strength is the uniaxial compressive strength or unconfined compressive strength. while S-wave velocity measures the travel speed of shear (secondary) wave in the material. The complete stressstrain curve can be divided into 6 sections. Figure 4. except for those porous one. so the wave will partially travel through void (air or water) and the velocity will be reduced (P-wave velocities in air and in water are 340 and 1500 m/s respectively and are much lower than that in solid).5 Wave Velocity Measurements of wave are often done by using P wave and sometimes. analysis and modeling.

both axially and laterally. the stress-strain is largely recoverable. tends to be low. even though the internal structure is highly disrupt. but is still intact. There is a slight increase in lateral strain due to dilation.2. as the there is little permanent damage of the micro-structure of the rock material. Stage V – The rock has passed peak stress. This initial non-linearity is more obvious in weaker and more porous rocks. The Poisson's ratio. Stage I – The rock is initially stressed.Figure 3.2. in addition to deformation. Stage III – The rock behaves near-linear elastic. Micro-cracks are likely initiated at the later portion of this stage. Stage II – The rock basically has a linearly elastic behaviour with linear stress-strain curves. The rock is primarily undergoing elastic deformation with minimum cracking inside the material. The upper boundary of the stage is the point of maximum compaction and zero volume change and occurs at about 80% peak strength. pre-existing microcracks or pore orientated at large angles to the applied stress is closing. Stage IV – The rock is undergone a rapid acceleration of microcracking events and volume increase. In this stage the crack arrays fork and coalesce into macrocracks or fractures. Microcrack propagation occurs in a stable manner during this stage and that microcracking events occur independently of each other and are distributed throughout the specimen.1c Samples of rock material under uniaxial compression test and failure. particularly in stiffer unconfined rocks.1a Typical uniaxial compression stress-strain curve of rock material. of about 35-40% peak strength. Figure 3. This causes an initial non-linearity of the axial stress-strain curve. The spreading of microcracks is no longer independent and clusters of cracks in the zones of highest stress tend to coalesce and start to form tensile fractures or shear planes . The specimen is undergone strain softening (failure) . At this stage.depending on the strength of the rock. The axial stress-strain curve is nearlinear and is nearly recoverable.

2. Discussion on the influence of confining pressure to the mechanical characteristics is given in a later section.deformation.2 Young's Modulus and Poisson’s Ratio Young's Modulus is modulus of elasticity measuring of the stiffness of a rock material. In addition to the significant increase of strength with confining pressure. This can be experimentally determined from the slope of a stress-strain curve obtained during compressional or tensile tests conducted on a rock sample. . of the rate of change of stress with strain. Stage VI – The rock has essentially parted to form a series of blocks rather than an intact structure. Compressive strength with lateral pressures is higher than that without. we often are interested in the rock at depth. Secondary fractures may occur due to differential shearing.1d Triaxial compression test and failure 3. Figure 3. The compressive strength with lateral pressures is called triaxial compressive strength.2. Typical strengths and modulus of common rocks are given in Table 3. This in turn will lead to zones of concentrated strain or shear planes. Thus further strain will be concentrated on weaker elements of the rock which have already been subjected to strain. The rock is covered by overburden materials. and is subjected to lateral stresses. at peak stress the test specimen starts to become weaker with increasing strain. the stress-strain characteristics also changed. for small strains.1d shows the results of a series triaxial compression tests. Figure 3.1a.2.e. equivalent to the frictional resistance of the sliding blocks.2. In underground excavation. It is defined as the ratio. The axial stress or force acting on the specimen tends to fall to a constant residual strength value.. These blocks slide across each other and the predominant deformation mechanism is friction between the sliding blocks. i.

including all crystalline igneous. that is. as shown in Figure 3.2. typically around 0. For most rocks.1a Mechanical properties of rock materials.4. Strain at failure sometimes is used as a measure of brittleness of the rock. Rocks can have brittle or ductile behaviour after peak.3 Stress-Strain at and after Peak A complete stress-strain curve for a rock specimen in uniaxial compression test can be obtained. at linearly-elastic region.4% under uniaxial compression. Strain at failure is the strain measured at ultimate stress. Most rocks. typically crystalline rocks. A few soft rocks.15 and 0.3a.2 to 0. Strain at failure increases with increasing confining pressure under triaxial compression conditions. such as shale and mudstone. behave ductile. 3. Rocks generally fail at a small strain. while soft rock.Table 3. could have relatively high strain at failure. the Poisson’s ratio is between 0. have low strain at failure. For extremely hard and strong rocks. Similar to strength. As seen from the tests that at later stage of loading beyond. beyond the linearly elastic region the increase in lateral strain is faster than the axial strain and hence indicates a higher ratio. mainly of sedimentary origin.2. behave brittle under uniaxial compression. Young’s Modulus can be as high as 100 GPa. metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Brittle rocks. Poisson’s ratio measures the ratio of lateral strain to axial strain. Young’s Modulus of rock materials varies widely with rock type. .2.

3a Complete stress-strain curves of several rocks showing post peak behaviour (Brady and Brown). cohesion and internal friction.e. Cohesion is a measure of internal bonding of the rock material. and is defined by the internal friction angle. Tensile strength of rock materials can be obtained from several types of tensile tests: direct tensile test. Rock material generally has a low tensile strength. Direct test is not commonly performed due to the difficulty in sample preparation. Figure 3.4a Stress and failure of Brazilian tensile tests by RFPA simulation. Brazilian test and flexure test. The low tensile strength is due to the existence of microcracks in the rock. 3. The existence of microcracks may also be the cause of rock failing suddenly in tension with a small strain. i.4a illustrates the failure mechanism of the Brazilian tensile tests.2. Rock resists shear stress by two internal mechanisms.4 Tensile Strength Tensile strength of rock material is normally defined by the ultimate strength in tension.5 Shear Strength Shear strength is used to describe the strength of rock materials. φ. Different rocks have different cohesions and different friction angles. 3. maximum tensile stress the rock material can withstand. .2. Internal friction is caused by contact between particles. to resist deformation due to shear stress. Figure 3.2.2.2. The most common tensile strength determination is by the Brazilian tests..Figure 3.

It shows that with increasing confining pressure. (c) (d) The confining pressure that causes the post-peak reduction in strength disappears and the behaviour becomes fully ductile (48. This brittle-ductile transition pressure varies with rock type. With a series of triaxial tests conducted at different confining pressures. By plotting Mohr circles..g.5a Determination of shear strength by triaxial tests.3. as shown in Figure 3. even the loading may appears to be compression.5a. the shear envelope is defined which gives the cohesion and internal friction angle.2. the post-peak drop in stress to the residual strength reduces and disappears at high confining stress. In general.1 Effects of Confining Pressure Figure 4. Rocks generally have high compressive strength so failure in pure compression is not common. is known as the brittle-ductile transition pressure.3 Effects of Confining and Pore Water Pressures on Strength and Deformation 3. (a) (b) the peak strength increases. In practice.1a illustrates a number of important features of the behaviour of rock in triaxial compression. there is a transition from typically brittle to fully ductile behaviour with the introduction of plastic mechanism of deformation.3. peak stresses (σ1) are obtained at various lateral stresses (σ3). granite and quartzite. remain brittle at room temperature at confining pressures of up to 1000 MPa or more. Figure 3. the region incorporating the peak of the axial stress-axial strain curve flattens and widens.2. 3. e. Tensile and shear strengths are important as rock fails mostly in tension and in shearing. the later methods is widely used and accepted. . igneous and high grade metamorphic rocks.3 MPa in the figure).Shear strength of rock material can be determined by direct shear test and by triaxial compression tests.

3. the classical effective stress law does not hold.2a Effect of pore pressure on the stress-strain behaviour of rock materials. For low porosity rocks. There is a transition from ductile to brittle behaviour as pore pressure is increased from 0 to 69 MPa.Figure 3. 3. .3.3. Effect of pore water pressure is only applicable for porous rocks where sufficient pore pressure can be developed within the materials. In this case.2a.3.1a Complete axial stress-axial strain curves obtained in triaxial compression tests on Marble at various confining pressures (after Wawersik & Fairhurst 1970). A series of triaxial compression tests was carried out on a limestone with a constant confining pressure of 69 MPa. but with various level of pore pressure (0-69 MPa).2 Effects of Pore Water Pressure The influence of pore-water pressure on the behaviour of porous rock in the triaxial compression tests is illustrated by Figure 4. Figure 3. mechanical response is controlled by the effective confining stress (σ3' = σ3 – u).

with size correction to an equivalent core diameter of 50 mm. 3.1 Rock Hardness.1a Correlation between hardness.1a. It gives the standard point load index. Figure 3. The correlation is also influenced by the density of the material.2 Effect of Water Content on Strength Many tests showed that the when rock materials are saturated or in wet condition.5. compared to the strength in dry condition. and Strength Schmidt hammer rebound hardness is often measured during early part of field investigation. Density.5. Is(50). compressional (or longitudinal) P-wave velocity (vp) is related to the elastic modulus E s and the density (ρ) of the material as. it is also used to estimate the elastic modulus of the rock material.5.3 Velocity and Modulus While seismic wave velocity gives a physical measurement of the rock material. the hardness index can be used to estimate uniaxial compressive strength of the rock material. 3. From the theory of elasticity. 4. Young’s Modulus and Strength.5.5 Relationships between Physical and Mechanical Properties 3. At the same time.3.4.1 Point Load Strength Index Point load test is another simple index test for rock material. the uniaxial compressive strength is reduced. The correlation between hardness and strength is shown in Figure 3.5.4 Other Engineering Properties of Rock Materials 3. . calculated from the point load at failure and the size of the specimen. It is a measure of the hardness of the rock material by count the rebound degree.

.4a.If ρ in g/cm3. There is reasonable correlation between compressive strength and elastic modulus. Es = 2 Gs (1 + νs) 3. but should not be mistaken as the modulus under dynamic compression). Gs is in GPa. Figure 3. higher elastic modulus is often associated with higher strength. then Es in GPa (109 N/m2). seismic shear modulus Gs may be determined from shear S-wave velocity vs.5. It is different from the modules obtained by the uniaxial compression tests. i. The elastic modulus estimated by this method is the sometime termed as seismic modulus (also called dynamic modulus. Seismic Poisson’s ration νs can be determined from. Similarly..5. and S-wave velocity vs is in km/s.e.5. and vp in km/s. It should be noted that the correlation is not precisely linear and also depends on the rock type. when density ρ is in g/cm3. The correlations are presented in Figure 3.4 Compressive Strength and Modulus It is a general trend that a stronger rock material is also stiffer. Alternatively. The value of the seismic modulus is generally slightly higher than the modulus determined from static compression tests. seismic Young’s modulus Es can be determined from shear modulus (Gs) and Poisson’s ratio (νs).4a Correlation between strength and modulus. or perhaps on the texture of the rocks.

1a.6. the Coulomb shear strength criterion τ = c + σn tanφ is represented by a straight line.3.1a Stresses on failure plane a-b and representation of Mohr’s circle. Applying the stress transformation equations or from the Mohr’s circle. Therefore. i.1 Mohr-Coulomb criterion Mohr-Coulomb strength criterion assumes that a shear failure plane is developed in the rock material. it gives: Coulomb suggested that shear strengths of rock are made up of two parts. a constant cohesion (c) and a normal stress-dependent frictional component.. where c = cohesion and φ = angle of internal friction. Figure 3. the stresses on the failure plane a-b are the normal stress σn and shear stress τ.e. When failure occurs.6. Refer to Figure 3.6 Failure Criteria of Rock Materials 3. with an intercept c on the τ axis and an angle of φ with . or In a shear stress-normal stress plot.6. the stresses developed on the failure plane are on the strength envelope. by combining the above three equations.

as shown in Figure 4.1b is extrapolated. a tensile cut-off is usually applied at a selected value of uniaxial tensile stress.1b Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope in terms of normal and shear stresses and principal stresses. If the Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope shown in Figure 4. σt′. failure will occur. rock failure starts with the formation of the shear failure plane a-b. the uniaxial compressive strength is related to c and φ by: An apparent value of uniaxial tensile strength of the material is given by: However. and θ=¼π+½φ Then Figure 3. . the Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope straight line touches (makes a tangent) to the Mohr’s circles. For this reason. the stress condition on the a-b plane satisfies the shear strength condition. As assumed.6. and once the stress condition meet the envelope. For most rocks.6. with tensile cut-off.1b. the failure plane is defined by θ. the measured values of tensile strength are generally lower than those predicted by the above equation. At each tangent point. As seen from the Mohr’s circle.the σn axis. the stress condition on the a-b plane meets the strength envelope. In another word. Therefore.6. Any stress condition below the strength envelope is safe. This straight line is often called the strength envelope. σt′ is about 1/10 σc.

In most cases.6. Then.1b. as seen in Figure 4. At h i h σ3. 3. . and or g The Mohr-Coulomb criterion is only suitable for the low range of σ3.2a Griffith crack model for plane compression.6. Griffith extended the theory to the case of applied compressive stresses. Griffith obtained the following criterion for crack extension in plane compression: Figure 3. rock engineering deals with shallow problems and low σ3.2 Griffith strength criterion Based on the energy instability concept.The Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope can also be shown in σ1–σ3 plots. so the criterion is widely used.2a). due to its simplicity and popularity.6. it overestimates the strength. Assuming that the elliptical crack will propagate from the points of maximum tensile stress concentration (P in Figure 4.6. It also overestimates tensile strength.

6.2b Griffith envelope for crack extension in compression.2b.6. which represents the cohesion. the above equation becomes It in fact suggests that the uniaxial compressive stress at crack extension is always eight times the uniaxial tensile strength Figure 3.where σt is the uniaxial tensile strength of the material. One of the most widely used criteria is Hoek-Brown criterion for isotropic rock materials and rock masses. This criterion can also be expressed in terms of the shear stress (τ) and normal stress (σn) acting on the plane containing the major axis of the crack: When σn = 0. 3. a number of empirical strength criteria have been introduced for practical use.3 Hoek-Brown criterion Because the classic strength theories used for other engineering materials have been found not to apply to rock over a wide range of applied compressive stress conditions. When σ3 = 0. τ = 2σt. Hoek and Brown (1980) found that the peak triaxial compressive strengths of a wide range of isotropic rock materials could be described by the following equation: or Where m is a parameter that changes with rock type in the following general way: .6. The strength envelopes given by the above equations in principal stresses and in normal and shear stresses are shown in Figure 3.

It is also extended to rock masses with the same equation.1a shows some measured variations in peak principal stress difference with the angle of inclination of the major principal stress to the plane of weakness. Figure 3. plane of weakness or foliation plane.7 Effects of Rock Microstructures on Mechanical Properties 3. so it gives low strength estimate than the MohrCoulomb envelope. with respect to the principal stress directions. It is evident that the Hoek-Brown strength envelope is not a straight line. . The peak strengths developed by transversely isotropic rocks in triaxial compression vary with the orientation of the plane of isotropy.7. The Hoek-Brown peak strength criterion is an empirical criterion based on substantial test results on various rocks. the envelope curves down. transverse isotropy. Figure 3.6. There are several forms of anisotropy with various degrees of complexity. It is therefore only the simplest form of anisotropy.1 Strength of rock material with Anisotropy Rocks. but a curve. the behaviour of those rocks is anisotropic.3a shows normalized Hoek-Brown peak strength envelope for some rocks. At high stress level. or the presence of bedding or cleavage planes. are not isotropic. hence makes it is so far the only acceptable criterion for both material and mass.3a Normalized peak strength envelope for (i) granites and (ii) sandstones (after Hoek & Brown 1980).7. Because of some preferred orientation of fabric or microstructure.6. It is however very easy to use and select parameters. such as shale and slate. 3. to be discussed here.Figure 3.

ϕ w = angle of friction of the plane. β = inclination of the plane.1a can be given by the equation below (Brady & Brown 1985): Where: c w = cohesion of the plane of weakness.1a Variation of differential stresses with the inclination angle of the plane of weakness (see Brady & Brown 1985) Analytical solution shows that principal stress difference (σ1–σ3) of a transversely isotropic specimen under triaxial compression shown in Figure 3. The minimum strength occurs when The corresponding value of principal stress difference is. .7.7.Figure 3.

intact rock specimens generally fail to form a shear plane at an angle about 60° to 70°. Two axial and one circumferential deformation measurement devices (LVDTs) are attached to each of the specimen.8.1b shows variation of σ1 at constant σ3 with angle β. plotted using the above equation. In compression tests. The load is measured by a load transducer. stress and strain relationship. Uniaxial compressive strength.8. Fo r rock s.Figure 3.7. the rock has the lowest strength.9. 3. When the weakness plane is at an angle of 45° + ½ φw. the strength is the lowest.8.3 Failure Mechanism of Rock Material under Impact and Shock Loading 3. two axial deformations and one circumferential deformation measurements are recorded at every 25 KN interval until failure.1b Variation of σ1 at constant σ3 with angle β.8 Time Dependent Characteristics of Rock Materials 3.1 Compression Tests (a) Uniaxial Compression Strength Test Specimens of right circular cylinders having a height to diameter ratio of 2 or higher are prepared by cutting and grinding. hence β is about 60° to 70°. Load. The specimen is then compressed under a stiff compression machine with a spherical seating. Figure 3. Young's modules (at 50% of failure stress) and Poisson's ratio (at 50% of failure stress) can be calculated from the failure load.7.9 Laboratory Testing of Rock Materials 3. φw is about 30° to 50°.1 Rheologic Properties of Rock Materials 3. The axial stress is applied with a constant strain rate around 1 μm/s such that failure occurs within 5-10 minutes of loading.2 Effect of Loading Rate on Rock Strength 3. This in fact shows that when the rock containing an existing weakness plane that is about to become a failure plane. .

Poisson's ratio at 50% of uniaxial compressive strength. uniaxial compressive strength. modulus of elasticity. σ c is calculated as the failure load divided by the initial cross sectional area of the specimen. Hoek-Franklin cell) and a desired confining stress is applied and maintained by a hydraulic pump. Axial tangential Young's modulus at 50% of uniaxial compressive strength. density and water content at time of test. Poisson's ratio.Uniaxial compressive strength. mode of failure. stress-strain (axial and lateral) curves to failure. Et50% is calculated as the slope of tangent line of axial stress . The . measurement devices are attached to each of the specimen.. Two axial and two lateral deformation (or a circumferential deformation if a circumferential chain LVDT device is used). is calculated as: v50% = slope of axial stress − strain curve at 50% of σ c slope of lateral stress − strain curve at 50% of σ c Reporting of results includes description of the rock. The axial stress is applied with a constant strain rate arou nd 1 μm/s su ch that failu re occu rs with in 5-15 minutes of loading.9.axial strain curve at a stress level equals to 50% of the ultimate uniaxial compressive strength. specimen anisotropy.g. The specimen is then further compressed under a stiff compression machine with a spherical seating. ν50%. (b) Triaxial Compression Strength Test Specimens of right circular cylinders having a height to diameter ratio of 2 or higher are prepared by cutting and grinding. Figure 3. specimen dimension. The specimen is placed in a triaxial cell (e.3a A typical uniaxial compression test set-up with load and strain measurements.

mode of failure. Load. Reporting of results includes description of the rock. Poisson's ratio. stress and strain relationship.9. Triaxial compressive strength. For a group of triaxial compression tests at different confining stress level. Failure envelopes (Mohr. . is calculated as the axial failure load divided by the initial cross sectional area of the specimen.load is measured by a load transducer. 2 axial strain or deformation and 2 lateral strains or deformation (or a circumferential deformation if a circumferential chain LVDT device is used) are recorded at a fixed interval until failure. σ 1 .axial strain curve at a stress level equals to 50% of the ultimate uniaxial compressive strength. modulus of elasticity. Axial tangential Young's modulus at 50% of triaxial compressive strength.3b Triaxial compression test using Hoek cell. Poisson's ratio at 50% of triaxial compressive strength is calculated with the same methods as for the uniaxial compression test. stress-strain (axial and lateral) curves to failure. specimen anisotropy. Coulomb or Hoek and Brown) and parameters of specified failure criterion are determined. Figure 3. density and water content at time of test. Young's modules (at 50% of failure stress) and Poisson's ratio (at 50% of failure stress) can be calculated from the axial failure load. triaxial compressive strength. Mohr's circles and failure envelope. Et50% is calculated as the slope of tangent line of axial stress . Mohr's stress circle are plotted using confining stress as σ 3 and axial stress as σ 1 . Triaxial compressive strength. specimen dimension.

The specimen is then loaded in tension by pulling from the two ends. calculation and the Young’s modulus and the Poisson’s ratio is similar to that for the uniaxial compression test.9. 3. mode of failure. test duration and loading rate. due to the difficulty in specimen preparation.636 P Dt Reporting of results includes description of the rock. water content and degree of saturation. specimen diameter (D) and specimen thickness (t) by the following formula: σT = − 0. orientation of the axis of loading with respect to specimen anisotropy.4 Tensile Tests (a) Direct Tension Test Direct tension tests on rock materials are not common. Ten specimens of the same sample shall be tested.9.25 mm and square and parallel to within 0. The specimen is wrapped around its periphery with one layer of the masking tape and loaded into the Brazil tensile test apparatus across its diameter. The tensile strength of the rock is calculated from failure load (P). Deformation modulus can be measured by having strain gauges attached to the specimen. End faces shall be flat to within 0.5 Shear Strength Tests .3.9. Loading is applied continuously at a constant rate such that failure occurs within 15-30 seconds. Figure 3. rock specimen is to be prepared in dog-bone shape with a thin middle.4b Brazilian tensile test. (b) Brazilian Tensile Strength Test Cylindrical specimen of diameter approximately equals to 50 mm and thickness approximately equal to the radius is prepared.25°. For direct tension test. The cylindrical surfaces should be free from obvious tool marks and any irregularities across the thickness.

Is. forming a series circles. De2 = D 2 for axial.0. rock core is cut to a height between 0. Load at failure is recorded as P. The length/diameter ratio for the diametrical test should be greater than 1. For De ≠ 50 mm.9. The Mohr’s circle can be plotted for a series of triaxial tests results with σ 1 at different σ 3 . the "equivalent core diameter". the size correction factor is: Is = P 2 D F = e   50    The corrected point load strength index I s (50 ) is calculated as: I s (50 ) = F . The line represents the shear strength envelope. block and lump tests. is given by: for diametrical test. In diametrical test. and the intercept at τ axis is the cohesion c. a series equation can be formed for sets of σ 1 and σ 1 . The point load strength is corrected to the point load strength at equivalent core diameter of 50 mm.45 . is calculated as: De where De . cohesion (c) and international friction angle (φ) can be determined from triaxial compression test data.6 Point Load Strength Index Test Point load test of rock cores can be conducted diametrically and axially. The angle of the line to the horizontal is the internal friction angle φ. 3.5 D to D and is loaded between the point load apparatus axially. as typically shown in the figure below. Alternatively. Uncorrected point load strength.(a) Direct Punch Shear (b) Shear Strength Determination by Triaxial Compression Results Shear strength parameters. rock core specimen of diameter D is loaded between the point load apparatus across its diameter. A straight line is draw to fit best by tangent to all the Mohr’s circles. For axial test. Cohesion c and friction angle ‘φ’ can be computed by solving the equations. based on the MohrCoulomb criterion. = 4A / π A = H D = minimum cross sectional area of a plane through the loading points.I s 0.

3. The standard Schmidt hardness number is taken when the hammer is point vertically down. The velocity is calculated from dividing the length of rock sample by wave travel time. The hammer is released and reading on the hammer is taken.9. Both P-wave and S-wave velocities can be measured.9.7a Measuring P and S wave velocity in a rock specimen. At least 20 tests should be conducted on any one rock specimen. Figure 3. If the hammer is point to horizontal and upward.7 Ultrasonic wave velocity Cylindrical rock sample is prepared by cutting and lapping the ends. 3.6a Point load test. transmitter and receiver transducers are used for sonic pulse velocity measurement. . The reading gives directly the Schmidt hammer hardness value. The length is measured. An ultrasonic digital indicator consist a pulse generator unit. The Schmidt hammer is point perpendicularly and touch the surface of rock. The transmitter and the receiver are positioned at the ends of specimen and the pulse wave travel time is measured. correction is needed to add to the number from the hammer. It is suggest to omit 2 lowest and 2 highest reading.9.8 Hardness (a) Schmidt Hammer Rebound Hardness A Schmidt hammer with rebound measurement is used for this test.9. and to use the remaining reading for calculating the average hardness value.Figure 3.

Displacement of the vice (1) is measured by a scale (3). loaded on the surface of the rock sample. The abrasiveness of the rock is then obtained by measuring the resulting wear flat on the tip of the steel stylus. A dead weight (6) of 70 N is applied on the stylus.10a. It consists of a vice for holding rock sample (1). The testing apparatus is featured in Figure 3.10a Cerchar abrasivity test West apparatus (West 1989).12 Slake Durability Test Select representative rock sample consisting of 10 lumps each of 40-60g.9.9. A steel stylus (4).Figure 3.9. CAI = 10 −2 d where ‘d’ is the wear flat diameter of the stylus tip in μm. fitting into a holder (5).9. The CAI value is calculated as. which can be moved across the base of the apparatus by a hand wheel (2) that drives a screwthread of pitch 1 mm /revolution turning. roughly spherical in shape with corners rounded during preparation.8a Schmidt hammer rebound hardness test. To determine the CAI value the rock is slowly displaced by 10 mm with a velocity of approximately 1 mm/s. 3. 3.10 Abrasivity (a) Cerchar Abrasivity Test The Cerchar abrasivity test is an abrasive wear with pressure test .9. It was proposed by the Laboratoire du Centre d’Etudes et Recherches des Charbonnages (Cerchar) in France. Figure 3. The sample is placed in the test drum of 2 mm standard mesh cylinder of 100 mm long and 140 mm in diameter with .

The mass of drum and sample is recorded (Mass A). and the drum is rotated at 20 rpm for 10 minutes (Figure 3.9. C−D Slake-durability index. Slake-durability index. The sample and drum is placed in trough which is filled with slaking fluid. Figure 3. B−D × 100% A− D Table 3. The slake-durability index is taken as the percentage ratio of final to initial dry sample masses after to cycles. The drum and sample are removed from trough and oven dried to a constant mass at 105°C without the lid. The slaking and drying process is repeated and the mass of the drum and sample is recorded (Mass C). The drum is brushed clean and its mass is recorded (Mass D). and is dried to a constant mass at 105°C. I d 2 = × 100% A− D The first cycle slake-durability index should be calculated when I d 2 is 0-10%.12a Slake Durability Classification = .12a).9.solid removable lid and fixed base. to a level 20 mm below the drum axis.12a Slake durability test. usually tap water at 20°C.9. The mass of the drum and sample is recorded after cooling (Mass B).

process monitoring and others. AE occurs when a small surface displacement of a material is produced. such as mechanical loading. of practical interest. in methods used to stimulate and capture AE in a controlled fashion for study and/or use in inspection.Special Note AE Activity in rocks under compression The term acoustic emission (AE) is widely used to denote the phenomenon in which a material or structure emits elastic waves of shock type and sometimes of continuous type caused by the sudden occurrence of fractures or frictional sliding along discontinuous surfaces. and temporal variations of strain ( ε ) and the frequency (n) of AE events in these cases . system feedback. Acoustic Emission (AE) is a naturally occurring phenomenon whereby external stimuli. The wave generated by the AE source. or. or on its surface. This occurs due to stress waves generated when there is a rapid release of energy in a material. The application of AE to nondestructive testing of materials in the ultrasonic regime. quality control. Figure Two fundamental cases of stress application (a) and (b). generate sources of elastic waves. typically takes place between 100 kHz and 1 MHz.

Figure Temporal variations of number of AE events and axial strain ( ε 1 ), lateral strain  ∆V  ( ε θ ) and non-elastic volumetric strain (    V  ne

CHAPTER 6 ROCK MASS CLASSIFICATION
Rock mass property is governed by the properties of intact rock materials and of the discontinuities in the rock. The behaviour if rock mass is also influenced by the conditions the rock mass is subjected to, primarily the in situ stress and groundwater. The quality of a rock mass quality can be quantified by means of rock mass classifications. This Chapter addresses rock mass properties and rock mass classifications. 6.1 Rock Mass Properties and Quality 6.1.1 Properties Governing Rock Mass Behaviour Rock mass is a matrix consisting of rock material and rock discontinuities. As discussed early, rock discontinuity that distributed extensively in a rock mass is predominantly joints. Faults, bedding planes and dyke intrusions are localised features and therefore are dealt individually. Properties of rock mass therefore are governed by the parameters of rock joints and rock material, as well as boundary conditions, as listed in Table 6.1.1a. Table 6.1.1a Prime parameters governing rock mass property

The behaviour of rock changes from continuous elastic of intact rock materials to discontinues running of highly fractured rock masses. The existence of rock joints and other discontinuities plays important role in governing the behaviour and properties of the rock mass, as illustrated in Figure 6.1.1a. Chapter 4 has covered the properties of intact rock materials, and Chapter 5 has dealt with rocks contains 1 or 2 localised joints with emphasis on the properties of joints. When a rock mass contains several joints, the rock mass can be treated a jointed rock mass, and sometimes also termed a Hoek-Brown rock mass, that can be described by the Hoek-Brown criterion (discussed later). 6.1.2 Classification by Rock Load Factor (Terzaghi 1946) Based in extensive experiences in steel arch supported rail tunnels in the Alps, Terzaghi (1946) classified rock mass by mean of Rock Load Factor. The rock mass is classified into 9 classes from hard and intact rock to blocky, and to squeezing rock. The concept used in this classification system is to estimate the rock load to be carried by the steel arches installed to support a tunnel, as illustrated in Figure 6.1.2a. The classification is presented by Table 6.1.2a.

Figure 6.1.2a Terzaghi’s rock load concept. For obtaining the support pressure (p) from the rock load factor (Hp), Terzaghi suggested the equation below, p = Hp γ H where γ is the unit weight of the rock mass, H is the tunnel depth or thickness of the overburden. Attempts have been made to link Rock Load Factor classification to RQD. As suggested by Deere (1970), Class I is corresponding to RQD 95-100%, Class II to RQD 90-99%, Class III to RQD 85-95%, and Class IV to RQD 75-85%. Singh and Goel (1999) gave the following comments to the Rock Load Factor classification: (a) It provides reasonable support pressure estimates for small tunnels with diameter up to 6 metres. It gives over-estimates for large tunnels with diameter above 6 metres. The estimated support pressure has a wide range for squeezing and swelling rock conditions for a meaningful application.

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6.1.3 Classification by Active Span and Stand-Up Time (Stini 1950, Lauffer 1958) The concept of active span and stand-up time is illustrated in Figure 6.1.3a and Figure 6.1.3b. Active span is in fact the largest dimension of the unsupported tunnel section. Stand-up time is the length of time which an excavated opening with a given active span can stand without any mean of support or reinforcement. Rock classes from A to G are assigned according to the stand-up time for a given active span. Use of active span and stand-up time will be further discussed in later sections.

2a Rock class and rock load factor classification by Terzaghi for steel arch supported tunnels . Figure 6.1.Figure 6.1.1.3b Relationship between active span and stand-up time and rock mass classes (Class A is very good and Class G is very poor) Table 6.3a Definition of active span.

4 Rock Quality Designation (RQD) (Deere 1964) .1.6.

2 Rock Mass Rating – RMR System 6. as an attempt to quantify rock mass quality. persistence. this geomechanics classification system incorporated eight parameters. Originally. 1989) The rock mass rating (RMR) system is a rock mass quality classification developed by South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).2a Rock mass quality classification according to RQD RQD has been widely accepted as a measure of fracturing degree of the rock mass.1a is the RMR classification updated in 1989. For rock of moderate to high strength. and presence of infilling. It does not account for the strength of the rock or mechanical and other geometrical properties of the joints.1. RQD partially reflects on the rock mass quality. His parameter has been used in the rock mass classification systems. including the RMR and the Q systems.2. The RMR system in use now incorporates five basic parameters below. Groundwater conditions: It is to account for groundwater inflow in excavation stability.1.2. 6. RQD only represents the degree of fracturing of the rock mass.2a reproduces the proposed expression of rock mass quality classification according to RQD. point load index is acceptable. roughness. joint surface weathering and alteration. (a) Strength of intact rock material: Uniaxial compressive strength is preferred. close associated with excavation for the mining industry (Bieniawski 1973). Therefore. Individual rate for each parameter is .Rock quality designation (RQD) was introduced in 1960s. Part A of the table shows the RMR classification with the above 5 parameters. RQD: RQD is used as described before. Spacing of joints: Average spacing of all rock discontinuities is used. (b) (c) (d) (e) Table 6. Condition of joints: Condition includes joint aperture. Table 6. Table 6. As discussed earlier.1 Concept of RMR System (1973.

This correlation allow engineer to estimate the stand-up time for a given span and a given rock mass. RMR was applied to correlate with excavated active span and stand-up time.2. equivalent rock mass cohesion and friction angle.1a. as shown in Table 6.2. a final RMR rating is obtained. With adjustment made to account for joint orientation. The table also gives the meaning of rock mass classes in terms of stand-up time. maximum rating for joint condition is 30 while for rock strength is 15. Influence of joint orientation on the stability of excavation is considered in Part B of the same table.1b Rock mass classes determined from total ratings and meaning . Table 6. for example. The overall basic RMR rate is the sum of individual rates.2. The weight of each parameter has already considered in the rating. as shown in Figure 6. it can be also expresses in rock mass class.1b.obtained from the property of each parameter. Explanation of the descriptive terms used is given table Part C.

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24 m.2.1a Stand-up time and RMR quality 6. average joint spacing is 0. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough. tightly closed and unweathered with occasional stains observed.Figure 6. the excavation surface is wet but not dripping.2. average RQD is 88%. the tunnel is excavated to 150 m below the ground where no abnormal high in situ stress is expected. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa.2 Examples of using RMR System (a) A granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets. Selection of RMR parameters and calculation of RMR are shown below: .

11 m. with considerable outwash of joint fillings. groundwater parameter is not directly given. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass. joint surfaces are slightly rough. average joint spacing is 0. Here. It falls in rock class C which indicates the rock mass is of fair quality. . average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. overburden stress is taken as the major in situ stress as an approximation. average RQD is 41%. joint spacing is not provided.The calculated basic RMR is 76. Joint water pressure = In situ stress = groundwater pressure = Overburden pressure = = = 70 m × γw 80 m × γ (70 × 1)/(80× 2. the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface. found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures. with the equation below. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 MPa. In the above information. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. average RQD is 70%.32 Joint water pressure / In situ stress Selection of RMR parameters and calculation of RMR are shown below: The calculated basic RMR is 52.7) 0. highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface. However. (b) A sandstone rock mass. and are highly weathered. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating. joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. but given in terms of groundwater pressure of 70 m water head and overburden pressure of 80 m ground. It falls in rock class B which indicates the rock mass is of good quality. RQD is given and from the relationship between RQD and joint frequency. inflow per 10 m tunnel length is observed at approximately 50 litre/minute. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground. filled with clay. it is possible to calculate average joint spacing. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. Since there is no indication of in situ stress ratio.

2.RQD = 100 e–0.0 Value of F1. For topping. i.e. 6. Details on rock slope analysis and engineering including excavation methods and support and stabilisation will be covered in a later chapter dealing slope engineering. Closest match and approximation is to be used to determine each of the RMR parameter rating.3a.αs|. Table 6.2.1λ (0.. Judgement often is needed to interpret the information given in the geological and hydrogeological investigation reports and in the borehole logs to match the descriptive terms in the RMR table.05 m Selection of RMR parameters and calculation of RMR are shown below: The calculated basic RMR is 34. SMR value is obtained by adjust RMR value with orientation and excavation adjustments for slopes. F2 = (tan βj)2 B = joint dip angle = βj.3 Extension of RMR – Slope Mass Rating (SMR) The slope mass rating (SMR) is an extension of the RMR system applied to rock slope engineering.1λ +1) (where λ is the mean number of discontinuities per meter) Joint frequency is estimated to be 20. which gives average joint spacing 0.3b gives the classification category of rock mass slope.2. SMR = RMR + (F1⋅F2⋅F3) + F4 where F1 = (1 . F2 = 1. F2 and F3 are given in Table 6.sin A)2 and A = angle between the strikes of the slope and the joint = |αj . . It falls in rock class D which indicates the rock mass is of poor quality.

The system was based on evaluation of a large number of case histories of underground excavation stability.1 Concept of the Q-System The Q-system was developed as a rock tunnelling quality index by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) (Barton et al 1974). F2.3. Jn is the joint set number accounting for the number of joint sets. The numerical value of this index Q is defined by: RQD is the Rock Quality Designation measuring the fracturing degree.3 Rock Tunnel Quality Q-System 6.Table 6. and is an index for the determination of the tunnelling quality of a rock mass. F3 and F4 for joints Table 6.2.3a Classification of Rock Slope according to SMT 6.2.3a Adjustment rating of F1. Jr is the joint roughness number .

Equivalent dimension is used in the figure and ESR is given in Table 6.3. Jw is the joint water reduction factor accounting for the problem from groundwater pressure. Table 6.3.1b. and SRF is the stress reduction factor indicating the influence of in situ stress. shown in Table 6.1c. Q value is applied to estimate the support measure for a tunnel of a given dimension and usage.3.1a Rock mass classification Q system .accounting for the joint surface roughness. Ja is the joint alteration number indicating the degree of weathering. as shown in Figure 6. Q value is considered as a function of only three parameters which are crude measures of: (a) (b) (c) Block size: Inter-block shear strength Active stress RQD / Jn Jr / Ja Jw / SRF Parameters and rating of the Q system is given in Table 6. alteration and filling.3.3.1a.1a. The classification system gives a Q value which indicates the rock mass quality.

quantities of swelling clays .

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1b Rock mass quality rating according to Q values .3.Table 6.

3.3.Figure 6.2 Examples of Using the Q-System .3.1c Excavation Support Ratio (ESR) for various tunnel categories 6.1a Support design based on Q value Table 6.

the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface. average RQD is 70%. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 .(a) A granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets. filled with clay. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. average joint spacing is 0.24 m. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass. and the rock mass is classified as fair quality. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough. found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating.11 m. average RQD is 88%. average joint spacing is 0. and are highly weathered. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 29. tightly closed and unweathered with occasional stains observed. the tunnel is excavated to 150 m below the ground where no abnormal high in situ stress is expected.4. highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface. (b) A sandstone rock mass. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 4. joint surfaces are slightly rough. average RQD is 41%. the excavation surface is wet but not dripping. and the rock mass is classified as good quality. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa.

q is the quartz content (%) in rock mineralogy. The new parameter QTBM is to estimate TBM performance during tunnelling.3.MPa. together with the rock material strength. Rock stress level is also considered. 20 in the CLI term and 5 in the σθ term are normalising constants. 6. judgement is frequently needed to interpret the descriptions given in the geological and hydrogeological investigation reports and in the borehole logs to match the descriptive terms in the Q table. Again. inflow per 10 m tunnel length is observed at approximately 50 litre/minute. Closest match and approximation is to be used to determine each of the Q parameter rating. . Jw. Jn. The method is based on the Q-system and average cutter force in relations to the appropriate rock mass strength. and SRF ratings are the same parameters in the original Q-system. The abrasive or nonabrasive nature of the rock is incorporated via the cutter life index (CLI). σm is the rock mass strength (MPa) estimated from a complicated equation including the Q-value measured in the tunnel direction. Orientation of joint structure is accounted for. The constants 20 in the σm term. The components of the QTBM are as follows: where RQD0= RQD (%) measured in the tunnelling direction. Jr. F is the average cutter load (ton) through the same zone. and the rock mass is classified as very poor quality. Ja. CLI is the cutter life index. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 0. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground. with considerable outwash of joint fillings.3 Extension of Q-System – QTBM for Mechanised Tunnelling Q-system was extended to a new QTBM system for predicting penetration rate (PR) and advance rate (AR) for tunnelling using tunnel boring machine (TBM) in 1999 (Barton 1999).85. and σθ is the induced biaxial stress (MPa) on tunnel face in the same zone.

3a. Rock mass classification systems. The use of GSI requires careful examination and understanding of engineering geological features of the rock mass. simple block size description does not include geological structural features. they were not selected to describe rock mass boreability. Example of using the QTBM is given in Figure 6. when developed. The system gives a GSI value estimated from rock mass structure and rock discontinuity surface condition. 6. with increasing of rock mass quality.4 Geological Strength Index GSI System and Others 6.4. as GSI was initiated to be a tool to estimate rock mass strength with the Hoek-Brown strength criterion. the GSI value does in fact reflect the rock mass quality. mainly to cover more complex geological features. very poor rock mass does not facilitate penetration. However.1 GSI System The Geological Strength Index (GSI) was introduced by Hoek in 1994. In general. Parameters in those rock mass classifications were related to support design.1a. In general. Rock mass structure given in the chart is general description and there may be many cases that does not directly match the description. The direct application of GSI value is to estimate the parameters in the Hoek-Brown strength criterion for rock masses. Although QTBM has added a number of parameters to reflect cutting force and wear. such as folds and shear zones. This system is presented in Tables 6. In the Hoek-Brown . the following equivalent between rock mass structural descriptions of blocky to the block size description is suggested below. Although it was not aimed at to be a rock mass classification.4. while penetration however is a result of interaction between rock mass properties and TBM machine parameters (Zhao 2006). It was aimed to estimate the reduction in rock mass strength for different geological conditions. The systems were not meant for the design of excavation methodology. the emphasis is obviously not be justified. penetration decreases. However. GSI does not include the parameter of rock strength. including RMR and Q. GSI system has been modified and updated in the recent years.The experiences on the application of QTBM vary between projects. such as sheared zones.2. It appears that the correlation between QTBM and Advanced Rate is not consistent and varies with a large margin. The original rock mass classifications are independent of TBM characteristics. were intended to classify rock mass quality to arrive a suitable support design.

rock material uniaxial strength is used as a base parameter to estimate rock mass uniaxial strength as well as triaxial strengths of rock material and rock mass. it is suggested that GSI can be related to RMR (GSI = RMR – 5). based on the correlation between RMR and GSI Table 6.criterion. GSI system did not suggest a direct correlation between rock mass quality and GSI value.1a Geological Strength Index (GSI) .1b.4. for reasonable good quality rock mass. The use of GSI to estimate rock mass strength is given later in the section dealing with rock mass strength. An approximate classification of rock mass quality and GSI is suggested in Table 6. However.4.

the excavation surface is wet but not dripping. the tunnel is excavated to 150 m below the ground where no abnormal high in situ stress is expected. (a) Granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets.2 Examples of Using the GSI System Examples of estimating GSI is given below. with the same rock masses used previously to estimate RMR and Q. inflow per 10 m tunnel length is observed at approximately 50 litre/minute. The rock mass is classified as very poor to poor quality.1b Rock mass classes determined from GSI 6. average joint spacing is 0. filled with clay. Rock Mass Structure for the above siltstone is blocky /folded/ faulted. average joint spacing is 0. Rock Mass Structure for the above sandstone is very blocky. The rock mass is classified as good to very good quality. with considerable outwash of joint fillings. the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface. Therefore GSI is 20±5. The rock mass is classified as fair quality. average RQD is 70%.11 m. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa. joint surfaces are slightly rough. and Joint Surface Condition is fair to poor. Refer to the GSI chart.4. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground. tightly closed and unweathered with occasional stains observed. Rock Mass Structure for the above granite is blocky. (b) A sandstone rock mass. Refer to the GSI chart. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures.4. Therefore GSI is 75±5.Table 6. and Joint Surface Condition is very poor. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating. and are highly weathered. average RQD is 41%. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass. . Therefore GSI is 40±5. joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 MPa. Refer to the GSI chart. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm.24 m. and Joint Surface Condition is very good. average RQD is 88%. highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface.

Summary of RMR.3 Correlation and Comparison between Q.4.4. RMR and GSI Correlation between Q and RMR are found to be.3a Correlation between RMR and Q values. Figure 6.3a shows the comparison and correlation between RMR and Q. it is perhaps better to select a range of the GSI value for that rock mass. Q and GSI from the above three examples are given below. Figure 6. RMR = 9 lnQ + A A varies between 26 and 62.4.It is advised that while selecting an average value of GSI. and average of A is 44. . 6.

The importance of in situ stress on the stability of underground excavation is insufficiently represented in the Q-system. due to the special behaviour and nature of the squeezing ground. N Rock Mass Number (N) is the rock mass quality Q value when SRF is set at 1 (i.Several other correlation equations have been proposed. RMR classification should not be used for estimating the GSI values for poor quality rock masses. For example. one of which is: RMR = 13. They are all in the general form of semi-log equation.4. SRF = 1 for σc/σ1 = 10~200..e. Squeezing has been noted in the Q-system but is not sufficiently dealt. the value of GSI can be related to Rock Mass Rating RMR value as. a few will be briefly discussed due to their unique application in certain aspect.25 to 5 MPa yield the same SRF value. It should be noted that each classification uses a set of parameters that are different from other classifications. for a rock with σc = 50 MPa. in situ stresses of 0. (a) Rock Mass Number. For very poor quality rock masses. N can be computed as. estimate the value of one classification from another is not advisable. the value of RMR is very difficult to estimate and the correlation between RMR and GSI is no longer reliable. the value assign to SRF cover too great range. 6. Another application of N number is to the rock squeezing condition.5 logQ +43. It has been noticed that SRF in the Q-system is not sensitive in rock engineering design. For generally competent rock masses with GSI > 25. For that reason.. N = (RQD/Jn) (Jr/Ja) (Jw) This system is used because the difficult in obtaining SRF in the Q-system.e. i. normal condition. The use of N in squeezing rock mass classification will be presented in a later section in this chapter. GSI = RMR – 5 RMR is the basic RMR value by setting the Groundwater rating at 15 (dry).3 Other Classification Systems Several other classification approaches have been proposed. In section. Consequently. . stress reduction is not considered). and without adjustment for joint orientation.

Jp is in fact a reduction factor representing the effects of jointing on the strength of rock mass. 6. the mechanical properties of a rock mass are also related to the quality of the rock mass.2 Hoek-Brown Strength Criterion of Rock Mass Hoek and Brown criterion discussed in Chapter 4 is not only for rock materials.5.5 Rock Mass Strength and Rock Mass Quality 6. RMi = σc Jp where σc is the uniaxial compressive strength of the intact rock material. RMi Rock Mass Index is proposed as an index characterising rock mass strength as a construction material. The Hoek-Brown criterion for rock mass is described by the following equation: or . joint density (or block size).2a). joint roughness. 6. Jp = 1 for a intact rock. a rock mass of good quality (strong rock.5. It is also applicable to rock masses (Figure 6. In another word.5. namely. joint alteration and joint size. strength and deformation properties of a rock mass are much governed by the existence of joints. few joints and good joint surface quality) will have a higher strength and high deformation modulus than that of a poor rock mass. and Jp is the jointing parameter accounting for 4 joint characteristics. Jp = 0 for a crushed rock masses. It is calculated by the following equation.1 Strength of Rock Mass As discussed earlier. In general.(b) Rock Mass Index.

σ1 is the strength of the rock mass at a confining pressure σ3.5. . Constants mb and s are parameters that changes with rock type and rock mass quality.e. Note in the Hoek-Brown criterion. mb becomes mi. In the generalised Hoek-Brown criterion.Figure 6.5.5.5.2a Applicability of Hoek-Brown criterion for rock material and rock masses. i.2a gives an earlier suggestion of mb and s values. σci is the uniaxial strength of the intact rock in the rock mass. For intact rock. σci is consistently referred to the uniaxial compressive strength of intact rock material in the Hoek-Brown criterion for rock material and for rock mass. The equation above is the generalised Hoek-Brown criterion of rock mass. Table 6. The HoekBrown criterion for intact rock material is a special form of the generalised equation when s =1 and a = 0.. Parameter a is generally equal to 0.

Table 6. .2b presents the latest definition of mi values for the intact rock materials.2a Relation between rock mass quality and Hoek. Table 6.Brown constants Development and application of the Hoek-Brown criterion lead to better definition of the parameters mb and s. according to different rocks.5.5.

are calculated as follows. As seen from the table. i. Once the Geological Strength Index has been estimated. s = 0.e.5.5. Value of a can be estimated from GSI by the following equation. and a = 0.2b Values of constant mi for intact rock in Hoek-Brown criterion The values in the above table are suggestive. i.e. . rock masses of good to reasonable quality. variation of mi value for each rock can be as great as 18. rock masses of very poor quality.5 For GSI < 25. If triaxial tests have been conducted. For GSI > 25. the original Hoek-Brown criterion is applicable with. and a in the Hoek-Brown criterion is no longer equal to 0. the parameters which describe the rock mass strength characteristics.Table 6. the value of mi should be calculated from the test results.

when σ3 = 0. the uniaxial compressive strength of the rock masses equal to zero. it gives the uniaxial compressive strength as. (a) Granite rock mass. (b) Sandstone rock mass. range of values should be used to give upper and lower bounds. From the mi table. mi given for sandstone is approximately 17. Clearly. mean GSI 40. From the mi table. when σ3 = 0. mean GSI 75.Uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass is the value of σ1 when σ3 is zero. . Example of using the Hoek-Brown equation to determine rock mass strength is given below by the same three examples used for determining the rock mass qualities RMR. for rock masses of very poor quality. Q and GSI. with material uniaxial strength 85 MPa. with material uniaxial strength 150 MPa. although in practice. The Hoek-Brown equation for the granite rock mass is. From the Hoek-Brown criterion. Uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass is. mi given for granite is approximately 32. Calculation in the example uses average values only.

.2a and the Hoek-Brown criterion relating GSI. the rock mass has very low uniaxial compressive strength close to zero. the rock mass strength is close to the strength of intact rock material. Attempts have also been made to correlated deformation modulus of the rock mass with rock mass quality.e. When the rock mass is solid and massive with few joints. (c) Siltstone rock mass..1.5. The better rock mass quality gives high rock mass strength. mi given for siltstone is approximately 7. Similarly the uniaxial compressive strength is.4 Correlations between Rock Mass Quality and Mechanical Properties Correlations between rock mass strength and rock mass quality are reflected in Table 6. in the equations below. or GSI < 25. i. Q < 0. 6. with material uniaxial strength 65 MPa.Similarly the uniaxial compressive strength is.5. RMR < 23. From the mi table. When the rock mass is very poor. mean GSI 20. In situ rock mass modulus (Em) can be estimated from the Q and the RMR systems.

where c and φ can be readily calculated Common problems were there is no or limited test results on rock mass.The above Em-RMR equations are generally for competent rock mass with RMR greater than 20. using for example. the equation below has been proposed. for poorer quality rock masses. plotting the Mohr circle and fitting with the best strength envelope. they caution the user that is a major problem to obtain c and φ from the Hoek-Brown equation. where c and φ can be readily calculated. At the same time. It depends on the stress region of the engineering application. Then plotting the Mohr circle using the generated σ1–σ3 data and fitting with the best linear envelope. obviously test results should be used directly to obtain parameters c and φ. if the depth and stress range is known. The suggested approach to obtain rock mass Mohr-Coulomb parameters c and φ is by generate a series σ1–σ3 results by the Hoek-Brown equation. This reduction is based upon the reasoning that the deformation of better quality rock masses is controlled by the discontinuities while. Attempts have been made by Hoek and Brown to estimate c and φ from the Hoek-Brown equation. 6. the line should be fitting best for the .5. The Em-GSI equation indicates that modulus Em is reduced progressively as the value of σci falls below 100. the deformation of the intact rock pieces contributes to the overall deformation process. the equation is obtained by substituting GSI for RMR in the original Em-RMR equation. If a series tests have been conducted on the rock mass.4 Relationship between Hoek-Brown and Mohr-Coulomb Criteria There is no direct correlation between the linear Mohr-Coulomb Criterion and the nonlinear Hoek-Brown Criterion defined by the two equations. For poor rocks. Care must be taken when deciding the ‘best’ linear line in fitting the Mohr circles. For a tunnel problem. the input for a design software or numerical modelling required for rock masses are in terms of MohrCoulomb parameters c and φ. For rock mass with σci < 100 MPa. Often.

The degree of squeezing often is classified to mild. moderate and high. the division between squeezing and non-squeezing condition is by a line H = 350 Q1/3. squeezing may be identified from rock class classification Q-value and overburden thickness (H). pore pressure needs to be considered as this affects the effective stress level.1 Squeezing Phenomenon ISRM (Barla 1995) defines that squeezing of rock is the time dependent large deformation. the ground condition is generally non-squeezing.e.Mohr circles in that stress region. H > 350 Q1/3. which occurs around a tunnel and other underground openings. > 5% of tunnel diameter. several centimetres of tunnel closure per day for the first 1-2 weeks of excavation. Rock masses of competent rock of poor rock mass quality at great depth (under high cover) may also suffer from squeezing. Deformation may terminate during construction or may continue over a long time period. Rate of squeezing depends on the degree of over-stress. and the fitting a line at low stress level (where the curvature is the greatest for the non-linear Hoek-Brown strength envelope) is very sensitive to the stress level. say. 6.6.e.6 Squeezing Behaviour of Rock Mass 6.6. As shown in Figure 6.2 Squeezing Estimation by Rock Mass Classification Based on case studies. Squeezing may continue for years in exceptional cases. Squeezing may occur at shallow depths in weak and poor rock masses such as mudstone and shale. Also. and is essentially associated with creep caused by exceeding shear strength. Below the line. For a slope problem. the stress region may vary from 0 to some level of stress. 3-5% of tunnel diameter. i.. i. H < 350 Q1/3. Usually the rate is high at initial stage. . Behaviour of rock squeezing is typically represented by rock mass squeezes plastically into the tunnel and the phenomenon is time dependent. (i) (ii) (iii) Mild squeezing: closure Moderate squeezing: closure High squeezing: closure 1-3% of tunnel diameter..6. by the conditions below. Squeezing condition may occur above the line.2a. 6. Closure rate reduces with time. where H is in metres.

N is the Q-value when SRF is set to be 1. .2b.6. As discussed in the previous section. From Figure 6. which is the external cause of squeezing is dealt separated by considering the overburden depth. the line separating non-squeezing from squeezing condition is.6. In situ stress. The parameters allow one to separate in situ stress effects from rock mass quality.2a Predicting squeezing ground using Q-value Another approach predicting squeezing is by using the Rock Mass Number (N). Where H is the tunnel depth or overburden in metres and B is the tunnel span or diameter in metres.Figure 6.

1.2b Squeezing ground condition is presented by: H > (275 N1/3) B–0. Theoretically. with overburden stress P.6. and A is a rock parameter proportion to friction. Squeezing may not occur in hard rocks with high values of parameter A. The above equation can be written in the form below for a circular tunnel under hydrostatic in situ stress field. It is also possible to characterise the degree of squeezing base on the same figure.1 < H < (450 N1/3) B–0.1 Moderate squeezing occurs when (450 N1/3) B–0.1 High squeezing occurs when H > (630 N1/3) B–0. Px is the in situ stress in the tunnel axis direction. P=γH. σθ > Strength = σcm + Px A/2 where σθ is the tangential stress at the tunnel opening.1. σcm is the uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass. Mild squeezing occurs when (275 N1/3) B–0. squeezing conditions around a tunnel opening can occur when.Figure 6. .1 < H < (630 N1/3) B–0.

6.ISRM classifies squeezing rock mass and ground condition in Table 6. The prediction curve was compared with tunnel squeezing case histories..6.3.6. relating tunnel closure to rock mass strength/in situ stress ratio. Overburden stress can be estimated from the overburden depth and rock unit weight.2c Squeezing prediction curve and comparison with case histories. Figure 6. A prediction curve was proposed by Hoek and reproduced in Figure 6.g.6. Studies carried out by Hoek (2000) indicate that squeezing can in fact start at rock mass strength / in situ stress ratio of 0. Uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass can be estimated from the Hoek-Brown criterion with rock mass quality assessment (e. GSI). .2a Suggested predictions of squeezing conditions The prediction equations for squeezing require the measurements of in situ stress and rock mass strength.2a.2c. Table 6.

Change of vertical stress with depth is scattered about the tend line.2a In situ stress measurements at various (Brady and Brown 157). Z (m) . Depth.2a.5. Figure 3. which represents the overburden pressure.027 z.CHAPTER 3 In situ Stress In situ stress measurements have been compiled and presented in Figure 2. σv = 0.

Changes in velocity of sound waves passed through the ground 4. four principal classes of measurements are of interest. while the vertical stress or the other horizontal stress represents the minor principal stress. Measuring ground pressures in supporting structures 7. Measuring convergence of roof and floor( or HW and F 4. The horizontal stress should not be estimated. The magnitude and directions of induced (concentrated or re-aligned) stresses. Deformation of boreholes 7. 3. Measurement of convergence movements of rock surfaces. Measuring pressures on mine filling materials 6. Measuring absolute movements of roof and floor ( or HW and FW) 5. Measurement of strains in the ground surrounding an opening. Measuring stresses in supporting structures . In situ stress measurement Instrumentation For the development of information for the design of underground openings and their supporting structures. k. 4. Measurements of pressures on mine void filling material.The horizontal stresses are presented in the figure by a ratio of average horizontal stress to vertical stress. 2. Nature of sub-audible vibrations originating in rock 6. For projects that maximum stress direction and magnitude may be important. Deformation and restoration of slots in the rock surfaces Measurements of strains and stresses include the following: 1. Measurement of loads on structures for supporting ground and stresses in the supporting structures. It is very common in rock mechanics that one of the horizontal stresses represent the major principal stress. The physical characteristics which may be measured are: Following physical features of a rock are modified when it is subjected to the stresses induced by creation of an opening: 1. Closure of roof and floor or closure of sides 2. The following stresses are important in influencing the behaviour of rock around subsurface openings: 1.While vertical stress can be estimated with reasonable reliability. Measuring strains in rock remote from a free surface 3. Measuring strains in rock at exposed rock surface 2. These are induced by creation of an opening. in situ stress measurements is required. The magnitude and directions of natural (pre-existing. Changes in the modulus of elasticity of the ground 5. 2. Tangential deformation of exposed surfaces 3. inherent) stresses in rock. These are: 1.

or of walls and ribs. is the most conspicuous phenomenon associated with underground openings and the easiest to measure. The modulii of elasticity of rocks ranges from 20 to 70 × 10 6 KPa. freeing the rock surface to expand. The amount of the expansion is a function of the initial stress within the rock and of the modulus of elasticity of the rock. but the measuring techniques are designed to measure strains and the stresses are then computed by using the values of the rock modulus of elasticity. Strain relief method Method 1: The strain gauge is cemented on the surface of the wall rock and a standard diamond drill is used to cut an annular slot in the rock around the gauges. There are two general methods for determining absolute rock strain. the deformation in the rock is 0. The rock stresses are not measured directly. thus allowing the portion of rock to expand. 2. For example in a rock with an elastic modulus of 7 0 × 10 6 KPa (70. In an elastic material a stress concentration is created near the boundary of the opening.Measuring Strain (deformation) in rock The closure of roof and floor. A deep slot is then cut into the rock above the gauges and the rock in allowed to expand. The pressure in the jack is then assumed to be equal to the original pressure in the rock normal to the slot surface.0005 mm. However. In the Strain restoration method strain gauges are fixed to the rock surface and readings are taken. large changes in stress values are produced by very small changes in dimensions (strain).000 MPa). A flat jack is cemented into the slot and expanded by application of hydraulic pressure until the strain gauges indicate that the rock has been restored to the state of strain existing prior to cutting of the slot. such measurements do not yield information as to the stresses existing in the rock. and The strain restoration method In the Strain relief method strain gauges are fixed to the opening walls at selected locations. Methods for determining the actual magnitudes of stresses within the rock involve measurements of deformation of rock blocks which are freed from the main mass and allowed to expand. A groove is then cut around the location of the strain gauge. . The deformation in rocks is very small and therefore the determination of stresses depends on the measurement of extremely small deformations. Thus. The strain relief method. In order to measure these minute changes in dimensions of the openings it is necessary to employ instruments capable of measuring to within a few ten-thousands of a cm. These are: 1.

The surface on which the gauges are mounted required careful selection and preparation. Maximum deformation is caused to the vertical axis of a horizontal borehole due to the vertical stress (assuming the horizontal stress is in effective). Method 2 Measurement of Diametral Borehole Deformation for Stress Determination Another method for determining rock stresses is the accurate measurement of borehole horizontal and vertical axes to determine the relative deformation produced in the crosssection of the borehole by stresses in the rock. The surface is ground smooth with a hand grinding wheel. When the vertical and horizontal stress in the rock is equal there will be no differential deformation along the two axes of the borehole. Figure Borehole deformation gauge Theory and Equations Uni-axial stress . The rock surface is thoroughly dried before the gauges are cemented to the rock and dried with a hear lamp after gauges are cemented in place. Strain gauges are sealed with waterproof mastic to protect them against moisture.

the deformation is U= U =− dS E (2) (3) And the minus sign signifies that. and equation 1 reduces to 3dS E 0 When θ = 90 . the deformation is in the direction of the applied uniaxial stress. The deformation versus the angle θ for one quadrant of the hole ( θ = 00 to θ = 900) is plotted in the figure below . T θ E r S θ S T Figure Schematic representation of biaxial stress acting across a borehole When θ = 00. as the stress increases.The deformation of the hole in a uni-axial stress and in plan stress is given by U= dS (1) (1 + 2 cos 2θ ) E = deformation of hole (change in length of a diameter) = radius of hole = diameter of hole = 2a = perpendicularly applied stress (for a uniaxial stress field T = 0) = angle (counterclockwise) from S to r = modulus of elasticity T Where U a d S. the hole (at the point) is expanding.

Figure Borehole deformation gauge 5 Deformation (arbitrary units) 4 3 2 1 0 -1 15 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Angle ( in degrees) Figure Sectional View of a borehole deformation gauge .

the magnitude and direction of the stresses S and T can be computed.Bi-axial stress For bi-axial stress field and plane stress. U= (6) If the deformation is measured across three different diameters and the modulus of elasticity and Poisson’s ratio are known. the deformation is related to the biaxial stresses S and T by U= d [( S + T ) + 2( S − T ) cos 2θ ] E d (3S − T ) E d (3T − S ) E (4) When θ = 00. U= (5) When θ = 900. The equations for these conditions will be S U2 2 U3 2 U1 2 600 600 600 θ d/2 U1 2 U3 2 U2 2 S .

. U3 a d S. as shown in the figure. Hydraulic pressure is applied to the flat jack until measurements show that the distance between points A and B has been restored to its original dimension.In this investigation rock stress was determined by measuring the deformation (change in diameter) of a borehole before and after the hole was stress-relieved. T = borehole deformation at a 600 separation (600 deformation rosette) in cm. U is +ve for increase in the diameter radius of hole diameter of hole = 2a perpendicularly applied stress (for a uniaxial stress field T = 0) angle (counterclockwise) from S to U1 modulus of elasticity = = = = = θ1 E Strain restoration methods In this method a slot is cut. to accommodate a flat jack. It has been reported from extensive experimentation with this system that the pressure required to restore the original strain with the locations of the measuring points relative to the slot. The measuring points A-Bare established prior to cutting slot and the distance between the points is accurately determined. U2. In practice when a flat jack 70cm long and 70cm wide was used the distance A-B was made about 30cm. The flat jack is then placed in the slot and cemented tightly in place with quick-setting cement mortar. The pressure in the flat jack is then a function of the original pressure in the rock before the slot was cut. And best results were obtained when the measuring points were placed within a distance equal to about two-thirds the length of the flat-jack. It has been shown that the borehole deformation in a biaxial stress field is related to the magnitude and direction of the applied stresses in the plane perpendicular to the axis of the hole by the following equations: S +T = E (U 1 + U 2 + U 3 ) 3d 1 2E [(U 1 − U 2 ) 2 + (U 2 − U 3 ) 2 + (U 3 − U 1 ) 2 ] 2 6d S −T = tan 2θ = 3 (U 3 − U 2 ) 2U 1 − U 2 − U 3 Where U1. .

Flat jack method does not require any knowledge of the elastic properties of the rock and hence it is considered to be a true stress measuring method. Figure Stress measurement using a flatjack Figure Modified Flakjack method . Because of the difficulty in cutting deep flatjack slots the method is restricted to near-surface measurements.

Figure roof sag measuring station . also called extensometers.Measurement of Rock Movement/deformation Convergence Measurement The mechanically simplest deformation measuring devices are deformeters. dial gauge. of which convergence gagues are special types. micrometer. such as a vernier scale. consisting of a top and bottom anchor. Mechanical extensometers. have been used for decades in metal mines Figure. Multipoint extensometers installed in boreholes have been used to detect roof movements. steel wire or rigid tubing. and some kind of micrometer or dial gauge. This class of instruments consists of a length-sensing device.

Figure Axial deformation gauges Figure dial gauge deformeter .

The steel wire will be attached with each anchor before pushing of anchors. is an indication of the magnitude of the pressure on the rock above the opening. position and rate of movement of rock surrounding an excavation. a borehole mouth anchor at the tunnel wall and a means of indicating or measuring change in distance between them. Each wire will be attached with steel scale of different colour for identification of the anchor height.has four/six spider type strong leaf spring anchors (Above figure). Roof-to-floor convergence monitors are perhaps the oldest and most common method of measuring roof deflection as a means to detect roof rock instabilities. When the bed/roof separation is taking place the reading will change in the respective scale. .The relative amount of closure between roof and floor. Measurement of convergence may be useful in predicting the imminence of failure of roof or floor rock. etc. This type of instrument consist of an anchor device mounted on the mine roof and floor and connected by a ridged bar or a metal wire. In mining a simple extensometer such as this is known as a “telltale” because it gives a visual indication of roof movement. The amount of strain depends upon several factors. the amount and quality of filling material. The essential features of an extensometer installation are a stable reference anchor position at the far end of the borehole. Model SME 248. The simplest form of extensometer makes use of a stainless steel spring reference anchor with a tube indicator attached to it by stainless steel wire and visible at the hole mouth. or between HW and FW. These anchors will be installed in a 42 mm hole at four different heights with the help of installation tool. The relative movement of the anchor points is measured with either mechanical or electromechanical devices. Convergence Measurement Monitoring technology and techniques to provide early warning of hazardous roof fall conditions have been a longstanding goal for safety engineers and practitioners working in the mining sector. Telltale extensometer is a very simple and general design to measure deformation in the roof of coal mines at 4 or 6 different points up to 6 meter height. Movement is indicated by coloured reflective bands on the indicator. The steel wire will be brought to the down surface of roof. Extensometers are used to determine the magnitude. After installation of all the anchors the reference head will be installed leaving all the scales hanging freely. which are progressively covered as movement develops. Extensometers are installed into boreholes. such as the amount of ground which is open. characteristics of the country rock.

Figure Evolution of Dual height Telltale .

It measures the reverberation decay rate of a surface when struck with a hammer. The device is installed at the same time as the rockbolts into a 5m long roof hole of 27mm-35mm diameter. The most common form of telltale is the dual-height version. Instruments installed in two coal mine shaft linings were found to be still returning consistent readings twenty five years later. Loads in support systems and linings The load distribution in rockbolts and cablebolts is an important support design parameter. This has the advantage that small roof movements can be easily read even when the tunnel height approaches 5m (Figure above). British Coal began producing strain gauged bolts for this purpose in 1990. and for the detection of voids behind tunnel linings. where areas of detached shotcrete lining were delineated. supplied to mine and tunnel projects in seven countries. Figure Strain gauged rock bolts .Here roof movement is converted to rotation of a pointer around a dial. but one which is difficult to measure. Examples of recent civil engineering use of the instrument include a steel lined water tunnel in the UK where voids behind the 45mm thick lining were detected. To date RMT have manufactured around 4000 strain gauged rockbolts. which are encapsulated multi-wire steel strands. Support system and lining condition Acoustic Energy Meter (AEM) is a simple nondestructive testing device for checking the ‘looseness’ of exposed rock surfaces in tunnels. an underground wastewater plant in Finland and the Joskin tunnel in the UK. They typically have pairs of diametrically opposed resistance strain gauges. The technology has recently been extended to include flexible bolts. This was developed and patented by British Coal in 1992 as a safety device for coal mine tunnels where rockbolts were being introduced as support. allowing calculation and display of mean and bending strains. The AEM is a hand held device comprising an integral geophone and readout unit.

Attempts have been made to use breakout data to estimate the magnitudes of in situ stresses (Zoback et al. and relative or comparative values of stress. Haimson and Song.Observational methods of in situ stress determination or estimation Observations of the behaviour of openings or holes made in stressed rock can provide very valuable indications of the magnitudes and. 1993. etc). It is commonly observed in deep boreholes. This phenomenon refers to the stress induced failure that occurs on the walls of a borehole resulting in spalling or sloughing of material from the borehole wall as shown in Figure 7. 1993). and extents of breakout will vary depending on rock properties and in situ conditions (water. Haimson and Herrick (1986) found that the depth and circumferential extent of the completed breakout were directly proportional to the state of stress normal to the borehole axis. In these attempts. Figure 7 Example of stress induced sloughing of material from a borehole wall The locations of the breakouts on diagonally opposite sides of the borehole are usually aligned with the orientations of the secondary principal stresses acting in the plane normal to the borehole axis. more particularly. They can therefore often provide a reliable indication of the orientations of in situ stress fields. 1985. it is unlikely that it will be successful in the adequate quantification of stress magnitudes. the orientations of in situ stresses. . drilling. Borehole breakouts (dog earing) “Borehole breakout” is the more widely used term for what is known in South African mining as “dog earing”. This is due to the fact that breakout mechanisms will be different for different types of rock. Zoback et al 1986. Lee and Haimson. the width and depth of the breakout have been measured as a basis for estimating the stresses. Whilst this approach may have some potential for estimating indicative values of stress. temperature.

as shown in Figure 8. The direction defined by a line drawn between the peaks of the disc surfaces facing in the original drilling direction indicates the orientation of the minor secondary principal stress. In brittle rocks it has been observed that discing and breakouts usually occur over the corresponding lengths of core and borehole.Core discing Core discing appears to be closely associated with the formation of borehole breakouts. A measure of the inclination of a principal stress to the borehole axis can be gauged from the relative asymmetry of the disc. However. Nevertheless. then it is probable that the hole has been drilled approximately along the orientation of one of the principal stresses. If the discs are uniform in thickness as shown in Figure 8. In addition. 1991). the shape and symmetry of the discs can give a good indication of in situ stress orientations (Dyke. the type and technique of drilling. the core circumference will peak and trough as shown in Figure 9. 1989). including the drill thrust. as shown in Figure 10. If the discs are symmetrical about the core axis. Figure 8 Core discs symmetrical with respect to the core axis . The thinner are the discs the higher is the stress level. the formation of discs depends significantly on the properties of the rock and the magnitude of the stress in the borehole axial direction (Stacey. It is therefore unlikely that observation and measurements of discing will be successful in quantifying the magnitudes of in situ stresses. Lack of symmetry of the discing. can significantly affect the occurrence of discing (Kutter. the two secondary principal stresses normal to the core axis will be approximately equal. For unequal stresses normal to the core axis. 1982). indicates that there is a shear stress acting the borehole axis that the axis is not in a principal stress direction.

Figure 11 shows a classic dog ear in the sidewall of a 5 m diameter tunnel. Dog earring in bored excavations can be equally pronounced as in boreholes. Similarly. This shows that the major secondary principal stress normal to the tunnel axis (i. the maximum stress in the plane perpendicular to the tunnel axis) is vertical at this location.Disc peaks Orientation of the minor secondary principal stress Drilling direction Figure 9 Core discs resulting with unequal stresses normal to the core axis Figure 10 Non-symmetrical cores discing. and observations of the behaviour of the walls of the excavations in response to the in situ stresses can provide very valuable indications of the in situ stress field.e. indicating that the core axis is not a principal stress direction Observations of failures in excavations Excavations can be considered as large boreholes. . the dog earring in the tunnel in Figure 12 shows that the major secondary principal stress is inclined at about 120 to the horizontal.

3. The orientation of the induced fracture is measured using a borehole television camera or a special impression packer to obtain a physical record of the surface of the borehole. 1980. 1983. . Vertical boreholes are usually used and it is assumed that the in situ principal stresses are vertical and horizontal. Zoback et al. until the hydraulic pressure causes the rock to fracture.1 Hydraulic fracturing Conventional hydraulic fracturing involves the pressurizing of a short length of borehole. 1993). isolated using hydraulic packers on either side of it. 1983) and Zoback (Zoback et al. The method involves the pressurization of a length of borehole and the measurement of the pressure required to fracture the rock or reopen existing fractures. 1977. The application of the method is illustrated diagrammatically in Figure 14. Zoback et al. It has been widely used in the oil well industry. 1987. 1977. Rummel et al. From all these data the orientations of the secondary principal stresses normal to the axis of the borehole can be interpreted. 4. Rummel (Rummel. Cornet (1993a).Figure 11 Dog earing (photograph provided by Dr C D Martin) Hydraulic Fracturing for In situ Stress measurement Hydraulic fracturing is now a well established method for determining in situ stress magnitudes. 1986) played a major role in developing and promoting the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique. Scheidegger (1962) and Fairhurst (1964) were the first to suggest its use for the determination of in situ stresses. Haimson (1968. Although hydraulic fracturing had been used previously for other purposes such as borehole stimulation for increasing the yield of water supply or dewatering boreholes. The characteristics of the pressure induced breakdown and the subsequent reopening of the fracture under repressurisation are monitored carefully.

A system for hydraulic fracturing stress measurements in deep boreholes is illustrated in Figure 15. . The borehole must be diamond drilled. and associated services and personnel. the borehole axis is parallel to the direction of one of the principal stress components 2. the pressurization occurs sufficiently fast to avoid fluid permeating into the rock and thus alter the pore pressure within the rock matrix 3. the shut-in pressure is equal to the stress component perpendicular to the fracture plane. Although this represents the full sophistication of the method. to carry out a measurement. A simpler set-up would be applicable for in mine tests. to determine the orientation of the induced fracture. The classical stress determination from hydraulic fracturing tests is generally based on a few assumption and they are: 1. Fracture generation occurs at the location of the least tangential stress at the borehole wall and the fracture propagates perpendicular to the direction of the least principal stress 4. it is illustrative of the sort of requirements that would be necessary for quality measurements at greenfields sites. After hydrofracturing. the straightness and wall quality of the borehole are important. Since packers are inserted in the borehole to seal off the test sections.Figure 14 Hydraulic fracture applications The method requires special equipment. the borehole has to be inspected using a television camera. or a special impression of its surface taken using an impression packer.

1989) .Fig 15 System for hydraulic fracturing stress measurements (after Tunbridge et al.

The schematic arrangements of hydro-fracturing technique is as shown below in the figure 16

Figure 16 Schematic arrangement of hydro-frac technique

In non-porous rocks the minimum principal stress is given by the shut-in pressure. If a borehole is drilled in the vertical direction, and it is assumed that this is a principal stress direction, and that the minimum principal stress is horizontal, the major horizontal principal stress SH can be determined from the following equation: Testing Procedure A single or double straddle packers system is set (inflated) at the required depth so as to isolate a test cavity. A liquid is injected into the test cavity and its pressure raised while monitoring the quantity injected. A sudden surge of fluid accompanied by sudden drop in pressure indicates that hydrofracture of rock formation (fracture inititation or break down) has occurred. The hydrofracture continues to propagate away from the hole as fluid is injected, and is oriented normal to the least principal stress direction (Fig.17) Once the hydro-fracturing has traveled about 10 drillhole diameters, injection is stopped by shutting a valve, and the instantaneous shut-in pressure is measured. The process is repeated several times to ensure a consistent measurement of this pressure, which is equal to the minimum principal stress.

Figure

17

Fracture propagation

SV = γ .Z S h = PSi S H = T + 3.S h − PC T = PC − PR Where T is the tensile strength of the rock Sh and SV are the minor and major horizontal principal stress Pc is the breakdown pressure at fracture generation PR is the pressure necessary to re-open the induced fracture (T=0) PSi is the shut-in pressure to merely keep the fracture open against the normal stress acting in the fracture plane Z is the depth of the over burden and γ is the unit weight of the rock. Interpretation of hydrofracture records can require expert input if the shut-in pressure is not distinct. Interpretation of test results is not a straightforward activity, and the experience of the interpreter has some effect on the in situ stress values ultimately determined. Different interpreters may derive somewhat different results from the same set of field data. In porous rocks in particular, interpretation of hydraulic fracturing tests may be very difficult and, owing to the pore pressure, definition of the major principal stress may be doubtful. In sedimentary rocks, beds with a thickness of at least 2 to 3m are necessary for satisfactory testing to be carried out. Hydraulic fracturing stress measurements have been carried out at depths in the 6km to 9km range (Amadei and Stephannson, 1997) and therefore the method is, in theory, suitable for the high stress conditions encountered in deep mines. At such high pressures, valves, tubing and packers must be of special design to be able to perform as required. In boreholes in which spalling or breakouts are occurring, there may be a risk of not being able to insert (or recover) the packers, and it may also not be possible to seal off the borehole satisfactorily. Borehole breakouts due to high stress levels may also interfere with the location of the fracture on the borehole wall, and this may lead to inaccuracy in determining stress directions.

Table 1 Test No Depth (m)

Hydrofracture Field Data Shut-in Pressure-PR MPa 15.0 19.0 12.0 15.0 27.2 42.5 33.0 T=PC-PR MPa PSi MPa

BreakDown Pressure-PC MPa Underground Borehole –Sub-level 40 1 23.5 17.2 2 21.5 28.0 3 18.5 18.2 4 12.5 18.4 5 9.5 32.4 6 4.15 45.5 7 1.95 40.6

2.2 9.0 6.2 3.4 5.2 3.0 7.6

11.5 13.0 10.0 12.0 20.5 33.5 32.0

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