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,

They are formed deep beneath the Earth's surface by great stresses from rocks above and high pressures and temperatures. transportation. deposition and compaction. igneous rock or another older metamorphic rock (Figure 2. through metamorphism. which account for over 90% of all igneous rocks. by the deposition of the results of biogenic activity.1a).1. Many complex high-temperature reactions may take place.5 Metamorphic Rocks Metamorphic rock is a new rock type transformed from an existing rock type.potassium. clay. The existing rock may be sedimentary rock. conglomerate. and magnesium minerals. When above 200°C. the rock undergoes profound physical and/or chemical change. In the process atoms are exchanged between the minerals. Sedimentary rocks include common types such as sandstone. Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the Earth's surface. When an existing rock is subjected to heat and extreme pressure. Another important mechanism of metamorphism is that of chemical reactions that occur between minerals without them melting. Mechanical weathering is the breakdown of rock into particles without producing changes in the chemical composition of the minerals in the rock. known as contact metamorphism. and each mineral assemblage produced provides us with a clue as to the temperatures and pressures at the time of metamorphism.1.4 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). calcium. iron. 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. 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. Heat and pressure are the causes of metamorphism. Chemical weathering is the breakdown of rock by chemical reaction. Igneous rocks make up approximately 95% of the upper part of the Earth's crust. shale. The high temperatures and pressures in the depths of the Earth are the cause of the changes. 2. but count for only 5% of the rock in the earth crust. 2. but their great abundance is hidden on the Earth's surface by a relatively thin but widespread layer of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks make up a large part of the Earth's crust and are classified by texture and by mineral assembly. heat causes minerals to recrystallise. and by precipitation from solution.1. and thus new minerals are formed. These are the elements which combine to form the silicate minerals. known as regional metamorphism. which is a unique feature . Pressure forces some crystals to re-orient. chalk and limestone. All rocks disintegrate slowly as a result of mechanical weathering and chemical weathering.

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

Folds form under very varied conditions of stress.Figure 2. Folds. particularly intense folds.3a). Shear zones can be only inches wide.2. Folds are usually not considered as part of the rock mass.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. if a project is to be constructed over or close such zones.2.2. particularly fault zone and shear zone. However. As faults. Folds can be commonly observed in sedimentary formation and as well as in metamorphic rocks (Figure 2. or up to several kilometres wide. 2.4a). Small scale single faults often have the similar effects as a joint. fault zone and shear zone. the interfaces between layers are termed as bedding planes. . A shear zone is a wide zone of distributed shearing in rock. Bedding plane often can be fully closed and cemented. 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. are large scale geological features. Typically this is a type of fault but it may be difficult to place a distinct fault plane into the shear zone. are often associated with high degree of fracturing and relatively weak and soft rocks. Although the folding feature may not be directly taking into account of rock mass. 2. They are often dealt separately from the rock mass. Bedding plane therefore is a discontinuity separating different rocks (Figure 2.2a Faults.4 Bedding Planes As sedimentary rocks are formed in layers. but the results of folding is often reflected in the rock mass consideration. The behaviour large scale fault and shear zones require specific investigation and analysis. It should be noted that fold has huge variation of features.2.

e. then rock in such scale is generally a mass of rock at the site.3 Rock Material and Rock Masses 2. 2. For civil engineering works.3b Folds in a sedimentary formation. .g. This mass of rock. consists of rock blocks and fractures.Figure 2. often termed as rock mass. slopes and tunnels.3. Figure 2. varying from a few centimetres to a few kilometres.1b. foundations. When such engineering scale is considered. the scale of projects is usually a few ten metres to a few hundreds metres. Bedding planes are isolated geological features to engineering activities. It mainly creates an interface of two rock materials. typically seen in Figure 2. For example. However.2..2.3a Folds in a sedimentary formation. A borehole can be typically around 8 cm while a mine can spread up to a few km. which leads to cavities along the interface. is the whole body of the rock in situ.3.1 Engineering Scale and Rock Engineering in and on rock has different scales. some bedding planes could also become potential weathered zones and pocket of groundwater. an interface between porous sandstone and limestone may lead to extensive weathering of the limestone.

2.Figure 2.2. . Figure 2.1b Typical rock masses. Figure 2.4b Some typical bedding planes.4a Some typical bedding planes.3.

3. joints. Because the rock materials between rock joints are intact and solid. In addition. 2.2 Composition of Rock Mass A rock mass contains (a) rock material.2. and faults. (ii) Gives large deformation. and (b) rock discontinuities that cuts through the rock. varying from extremely soft clay and fractured and crushed rocks. 2. Rock masses are also inhomogeneous due to the mix of rock types. they have relative small deformation and low permeability.3. It is therefore obvious that rock mass behaviour by large is governed by rock joints. Faults are often filled with weathered materials. Rock materials and discontinuities together form rockmass. interbedding and intrusion. (iii)Alters stress distribution and orientation. to be free to fall and move (Figure 2. Figure 2. of various sizes. . 2.3.3a). (i) Provides water flow channel and creates flow networks.4.1 Inhomogeneity of Rock Materials Inhomogeneity represents property varying with locations.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.3.4 Inhomogeneity and Anisotropy 2. rock mass may also include filling materials in the discontinuities and dyke and sill igneous intrusions (Figure 2.2a A dyke intrusion.3.2 Inhomogeneity of Rock Masses Inhomogeneity of a rock mass is primarily due to the existence of discontinuities. Most of the engineering materials have varying degrees of inhomogeneity. Rocks are formed by nature and exhibits great inhomogeneity. blocks and wedges. in the form of intact rock plates. blocks and wedges. (ii) Acts as weak planes for sliding and moving. in the forms of fractures.4.2a).

3b). e.4.4. Phyllite and schist are the other foliated metamorphic rocks that exhibit anisotropy.3a Some common anisotropic rocks. small degree of anisotropy is possible.4. Figure 2.3a. under the influence of formation process and pressure. shale.4.. . Rock mass anisotropy is controlled by (i) joint set (Figure 2.4. Figure 2. Other sedimentary may not have clear anisotropy.3 Anisotropy Anisotropy is defined as properties are different in different direction. Rock with most obvious anisotropy is slate.2a). as seen in Figure 2.g. Some sedimentary rocks. (i) slate and (ii) sandstone.3b A Limestone rock mass with one dominating joint set. and (ii) sedimentary layer (Figure 2.Anisotropy occurs in both rock materials and rock mass.2.4. However. have noticeable anisotropic characteristics.

7. size. 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. . 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. The term “rock texture” refers to the arrangement of its grains. Rock structure and texture affect the strength properties of the rock. and • Dolomite These minerals are glued together by four types of materials such as silicates. argillaceous and ferrous minerals. 3. and arrangement. seen on a smooth surface of a mineral aggregate. 3. This Chapter addresses properties of rock material. Mineralogical composition . Specific gravity G Unit weight γ Porosity n Void ratio e Moisture content w Degree of saturation. 4. 8. One distinguishes between coarse-texture (coarse-grained) and fine-textures rock. 5. only about nine of them partake decisively in forming the composition of rocks. calcites. megascopic or microscopic. 6. structure. and texture.CHAPTER 3 PROPERTIES OF ROCK MATERIALS Rock material is the intact rock portion. showing the geometrical aspects of the rock including shape.1 Physical Properties of Rock Material The physical properties of rocks affecting design and construction in rocks are: 1. 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. They are: • Quartz • Feldspar • Mica • Hornblende(Amphiboles) • Pyroxenes • Olivine • Calcite • Kaolinite. Thus the texture is the appearance. 2.

and often related to the porosity of the rock.81 kN/m3 w = moisture content of the sample .500nd 2. 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. Density. It is the ratio of the non-solid volume (VV) to the total volume (V) of material. Porosity therefore is a fraction between 0 and 1.81 kN/m3 = 62. 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. Most rocks have density between 2.800 kg/m3.3.4 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 = 9.1. It is sometimes defined by unit weight and specific gravity.1 Specific Gravity. 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. Density of rock material various.

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

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

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).2.2.1c show the states of rock in those stages of compression. used in design.2.1b and Figure 3.1 Compressive Strength Compressive strength is the capacity of a material to withstand axially directed compressive forces. 3. Wave velocities are also commonly used to assess the degree of rock mass fracturing at large scale. flow is concentrated in fractures in the rock mass.2 Mechanical Properties of Rock Material 3. except for those porous one.2. For a poorly compact rock material. P wave velocity measures the travel speed of longitudinal (primary) wave in the material.5 Wave Velocity Measurements of wave are often done by using P wave and sometimes.1.have low permeability. 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.1a presents a typical stress-strain curve of a rock under uniaxial compression. using the same principle. Figure 3. Figure 4.1a. S waves. It is one of the most important mechanical properties of rock material. 3. Typical values of P and S wave velocities of some rocks are given in Table 3. Usually compressive strength of rock is defined by the ultimate stress.1. the grains are not in good contact. represent 6 stages that the rock material is undergoing. Permeability of rock materials. The velocity measurements provide correlation to physical properties in terms of compaction degree of the material. has limited interests as in the rock mass. Permeability of rock fractures is discussed later. and it will be discussed in a later chapter. The complete stressstrain curve can be divided into 6 sections. analysis and modeling. A well compacted rock has generally high velocity as the grains are all in good contact and wave are traveling through the solid.

Stage V – The rock has passed peak stress. Stage I – The rock is initially stressed. This causes an initial non-linearity of the axial stress-strain curve. but is still intact.2. The axial stress-strain curve is nearlinear and is nearly recoverable. Stage II – The rock basically has a linearly elastic behaviour with linear stress-strain curves. both axially and laterally. The Poisson's ratio. There is a slight increase in lateral strain due to dilation. tends to be low. 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. The specimen is undergone strain softening (failure) . Stage III – The rock behaves near-linear elastic. The rock is primarily undergoing elastic deformation with minimum cracking inside the material. Stage IV – The rock is undergone a rapid acceleration of microcracking events and volume increase. Figure 3. pre-existing microcracks or pore orientated at large angles to the applied stress is closing.2.depending on the strength of the rock. of about 35-40% peak strength. In this stage the crack arrays fork and coalesce into macrocracks or fractures. 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 .1a Typical uniaxial compression stress-strain curve of rock material. Micro-cracks are likely initiated at the later portion of this stage. At this stage. even though the internal structure is highly disrupt. the stress-strain is largely recoverable.1c Samples of rock material under uniaxial compression test and failure. as the there is little permanent damage of the micro-structure of the rock material. This initial non-linearity is more obvious in weaker and more porous rocks. in addition to deformation. The upper boundary of the stage is the point of maximum compaction and zero volume change and occurs at about 80% peak strength.Figure 3. particularly in stiffer unconfined rocks.

we often are interested in the rock at depth. Typical strengths and modulus of common rocks are given in Table 3. In addition to the significant increase of strength with confining pressure. The rock is covered by overburden materials. Figure 3. This in turn will lead to zones of concentrated strain or shear planes. The compressive strength with lateral pressures is called triaxial compressive strength.1a.. Thus further strain will be concentrated on weaker elements of the rock which have already been subjected to strain.2. Stage VI – The rock has essentially parted to form a series of blocks rather than an intact structure. and is subjected to lateral stresses.deformation. Figure 3. i.2.2. It is defined as the ratio. Compressive strength with lateral pressures is higher than that without. Secondary fractures may occur due to differential shearing. at peak stress the test specimen starts to become weaker with increasing strain. . equivalent to the frictional resistance of the sliding blocks. The axial stress or force acting on the specimen tends to fall to a constant residual strength value. for small strains.2. of the rate of change of stress with strain. This can be experimentally determined from the slope of a stress-strain curve obtained during compressional or tensile tests conducted on a rock sample.2 Young's Modulus and Poisson’s Ratio Young's Modulus is modulus of elasticity measuring of the stiffness of a rock material. In underground excavation.e. These blocks slide across each other and the predominant deformation mechanism is friction between the sliding blocks.1d Triaxial compression test and failure 3. Discussion on the influence of confining pressure to the mechanical characteristics is given in a later section. the stress-strain characteristics also changed.1d shows the results of a series triaxial compression tests.

Young’s Modulus of rock materials varies widely with rock type.2. beyond the linearly elastic region the increase in lateral strain is faster than the axial strain and hence indicates a higher ratio. Brittle rocks. behave brittle under uniaxial compression.2 to 0. metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. the Poisson’s ratio is between 0.3a.15 and 0. as shown in Figure 3. Poisson’s ratio measures the ratio of lateral strain to axial strain. at linearly-elastic region. As seen from the tests that at later stage of loading beyond. For most rocks.2. behave ductile. Strain at failure is the strain measured at ultimate stress. that is. Rocks generally fail at a small strain. For extremely hard and strong rocks. could have relatively high strain at failure. Young’s Modulus can be as high as 100 GPa. including all crystalline igneous.4% under uniaxial compression. typically crystalline rocks.1a Mechanical properties of rock materials. Rocks can have brittle or ductile behaviour after peak.4. A few soft rocks. typically around 0. Strain at failure sometimes is used as a measure of brittleness of the rock. while soft rock.2.Table 3. mainly of sedimentary origin. Strain at failure increases with increasing confining pressure under triaxial compression conditions. Similar to strength. . Most rocks. have low strain at failure. such as shale and mudstone. 3.3 Stress-Strain at and after Peak A complete stress-strain curve for a rock specimen in uniaxial compression test can be obtained.

3a Complete stress-strain curves of several rocks showing post peak behaviour (Brady and Brown).4 Tensile Strength Tensile strength of rock material is normally defined by the ultimate strength in tension.2.e. The most common tensile strength determination is by the Brazilian tests. Rock material generally has a low tensile strength.2.2. The low tensile strength is due to the existence of microcracks in the rock.. i. Figure 3. to resist deformation due to shear stress. Brazilian test and flexure test. .4a illustrates the failure mechanism of the Brazilian tensile tests. cohesion and internal friction. 3. φ. Rock resists shear stress by two internal mechanisms.4a Stress and failure of Brazilian tensile tests by RFPA simulation. maximum tensile stress the rock material can withstand. Figure 3. Direct test is not commonly performed due to the difficulty in sample preparation. Tensile strength of rock materials can be obtained from several types of tensile tests: direct tensile test. Different rocks have different cohesions and different friction angles.Figure 3. Cohesion is a measure of internal bonding of the rock material.2. 3. Internal friction is caused by contact between particles. and is defined by the internal friction angle. The existence of microcracks may also be the cause of rock failing suddenly in tension with a small strain.5 Shear Strength Shear strength is used to describe the strength of rock materials.2.

1a illustrates a number of important features of the behaviour of rock in triaxial compression.Shear strength of rock material can be determined by direct shear test and by triaxial compression tests. In practice. Figure 3. This brittle-ductile transition pressure varies with rock type. the later methods is widely used and accepted.1 Effects of Confining Pressure Figure 4.. the shear envelope is defined which gives the cohesion and internal friction angle.5a. 3.3. With a series of triaxial tests conducted at different confining pressures. In general. remain brittle at room temperature at confining pressures of up to 1000 MPa or more.g.3 MPa in the figure). (a) (b) the peak strength increases. By plotting Mohr circles. as shown in Figure 3. . the post-peak drop in stress to the residual strength reduces and disappears at high confining stress. Rocks generally have high compressive strength so failure in pure compression is not common. It shows that with increasing confining pressure. there is a transition from typically brittle to fully ductile behaviour with the introduction of plastic mechanism of deformation.3. granite and quartzite. is known as the brittle-ductile transition pressure.2. even the loading may appears to be compression. e. Tensile and shear strengths are important as rock fails mostly in tension and in shearing. (c) (d) The confining pressure that causes the post-peak reduction in strength disappears and the behaviour becomes fully ductile (48. peak stresses (σ1) are obtained at various lateral stresses (σ3). igneous and high grade metamorphic rocks. the region incorporating the peak of the axial stress-axial strain curve flattens and widens.5a Determination of shear strength by triaxial tests.2.3 Effects of Confining and Pore Water Pressures on Strength and Deformation 3.

3.1a Complete axial stress-axial strain curves obtained in triaxial compression tests on Marble at various confining pressures (after Wawersik & Fairhurst 1970). . For low porosity rocks.2a.3.3. Effect of pore water pressure is only applicable for porous rocks where sufficient pore pressure can be developed within the materials. There is a transition from ductile to brittle behaviour as pore pressure is increased from 0 to 69 MPa. mechanical response is controlled by the effective confining stress (σ3' = σ3 – u).3. Figure 3.2a Effect of pore pressure on the stress-strain behaviour of rock materials. In this case.3. 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. the classical effective stress law does not hold.Figure 3.

It gives the standard point load index.3 Velocity and Modulus While seismic wave velocity gives a physical measurement of the rock material. compressional (or longitudinal) P-wave velocity (vp) is related to the elastic modulus E s and the density (ρ) of the material as.1 Point Load Strength Index Point load test is another simple index test for rock material. .5. the uniaxial compressive strength is reduced. It is a measure of the hardness of the rock material by count the rebound degree. Is(50).4. the hardness index can be used to estimate uniaxial compressive strength of the rock material.2 Effect of Water Content on Strength Many tests showed that the when rock materials are saturated or in wet condition.1 Rock Hardness. compared to the strength in dry condition. The correlation is also influenced by the density of the material.1a Correlation between hardness. it is also used to estimate the elastic modulus of the rock material.5. 3. Young’s Modulus and Strength.5. 4.1a. with size correction to an equivalent core diameter of 50 mm. Figure 3.5.4 Other Engineering Properties of Rock Materials 3.5.5 Relationships between Physical and Mechanical Properties 3. From the theory of elasticity. Density. calculated from the point load at failure and the size of the specimen.3. At the same time. 3. and Strength Schmidt hammer rebound hardness is often measured during early part of field investigation. The correlation between hardness and strength is shown in Figure 3.

.e.5.5. Figure 3. higher elastic modulus is often associated with higher strength. seismic Young’s modulus Es can be determined from shear modulus (Gs) and Poisson’s ratio (νs). The elastic modulus estimated by this method is the sometime termed as seismic modulus (also called dynamic modulus. seismic shear modulus Gs may be determined from shear S-wave velocity vs. when density ρ is in g/cm3.4 Compressive Strength and Modulus It is a general trend that a stronger rock material is also stiffer. or perhaps on the texture of the rocks. and vp in km/s. but should not be mistaken as the modulus under dynamic compression).5. Alternatively.4a Correlation between strength and modulus.4a. The correlations are presented in Figure 3. then Es in GPa (109 N/m2).. Gs is in GPa. i. There is reasonable correlation between compressive strength and elastic modulus. It should be noted that the correlation is not precisely linear and also depends on the rock type. Seismic Poisson’s ration νs can be determined from. and S-wave velocity vs is in km/s. It is different from the modules obtained by the uniaxial compression tests. Similarly.If ρ in g/cm3. Es = 2 Gs (1 + νs) 3. The value of the seismic modulus is generally slightly higher than the modulus determined from static compression tests.

Refer to Figure 3. it gives: Coulomb suggested that shear strengths of rock are made up of two parts. the stresses developed on the failure plane are on the strength envelope. Figure 3. the stresses on the failure plane a-b are the normal stress σn and shear stress τ. with an intercept c on the τ axis and an angle of φ with .6. by combining the above three equations. the Coulomb shear strength criterion τ = c + σn tanφ is represented by a straight line.6.1a Stresses on failure plane a-b and representation of Mohr’s circle.6 Failure Criteria of Rock Materials 3. Applying the stress transformation equations or from the Mohr’s circle.3.1a.e. When failure occurs. i. a constant cohesion (c) and a normal stress-dependent frictional component. or In a shear stress-normal stress plot..6.1 Mohr-Coulomb criterion Mohr-Coulomb strength criterion assumes that a shear failure plane is developed in the rock material. Therefore. where c = cohesion and φ = angle of internal friction.

At each tangent point. with tensile cut-off.1b Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope in terms of normal and shear stresses and principal stresses. the stress condition on the a-b plane satisfies the shear strength condition. In another word. as shown in Figure 4. the measured values of tensile strength are generally lower than those predicted by the above equation.6.1b is extrapolated. If the Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope shown in Figure 4. This straight line is often called the strength envelope. For most rocks. the failure plane is defined by θ. rock failure starts with the formation of the shear failure plane a-b. For this reason. σt′. As assumed. the Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope straight line touches (makes a tangent) to the Mohr’s circles. 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 once the stress condition meet the envelope.6. failure will occur. Therefore. and θ=¼π+½φ Then Figure 3. a tensile cut-off is usually applied at a selected value of uniaxial tensile stress.6. the stress condition on the a-b plane meets the strength envelope.the σn axis. As seen from the Mohr’s circle.1b. Any stress condition below the strength envelope is safe. σt′ is about 1/10 σc. .

rock engineering deals with shallow problems and low σ3. as seen in Figure 4.6. Griffith extended the theory to the case of applied compressive stresses. . due to its simplicity and popularity. Then. Assuming that the elliptical crack will propagate from the points of maximum tensile stress concentration (P in Figure 4.2a).6. In most cases. Griffith obtained the following criterion for crack extension in plane compression: Figure 3.6. It also overestimates tensile strength. it overestimates the strength.2 Griffith strength criterion Based on the energy instability concept.6. At h i h σ3.The Mohr-Coulomb strength envelope can also be shown in σ1–σ3 plots. and or g The Mohr-Coulomb criterion is only suitable for the low range of σ3.1b. 3.2a Griffith crack model for plane compression. so the criterion is widely used.

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. 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: . When σ3 = 0.6. a number of empirical strength criteria have been introduced for practical use. One of the most widely used criteria is Hoek-Brown criterion for isotropic rock materials and rock masses.2b Griffith envelope for crack extension in compression.where σt is the uniaxial tensile strength of the material. which represents the cohesion.2b.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. 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 = 0.6.6. τ = 2σt. The strength envelopes given by the above equations in principal stresses and in normal and shear stresses are shown in Figure 3. 3.

It is however very easy to use and select parameters. Because of some preferred orientation of fabric or microstructure. are not isotropic. Figure 3. Figure 3.1a shows some measured variations in peak principal stress difference with the angle of inclination of the major principal stress to the plane of weakness. It is evident that the Hoek-Brown strength envelope is not a straight line.7 Effects of Rock Microstructures on Mechanical Properties 3.1 Strength of rock material with Anisotropy Rocks. hence makes it is so far the only acceptable criterion for both material and mass. but a curve. so it gives low strength estimate than the MohrCoulomb envelope. It is also extended to rock masses with the same equation. or the presence of bedding or cleavage planes. The Hoek-Brown peak strength criterion is an empirical criterion based on substantial test results on various rocks. At high stress level. with respect to the principal stress directions.7.6.7. . transverse isotropy. plane of weakness or foliation plane.3a shows normalized Hoek-Brown peak strength envelope for some rocks. The peak strengths developed by transversely isotropic rocks in triaxial compression vary with the orientation of the plane of isotropy. such as shale and slate. There are several forms of anisotropy with various degrees of complexity.Figure 3. the envelope curves down. to be discussed here.6. the behaviour of those rocks is anisotropic. It is therefore only the simplest form of anisotropy. 3.3a Normalized peak strength envelope for (i) granites and (ii) sandstones (after Hoek & Brown 1980).

7.1a 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. β = inclination of the plane. The minimum strength occurs when The corresponding value of principal stress difference is.Figure 3. . ϕ w = angle of friction of the plane.1a can be given by the equation below (Brady & Brown 1985): Where: c w = cohesion of the plane of weakness.7.

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.7.8. Young's modules (at 50% of failure stress) and Poisson's ratio (at 50% of failure stress) can be calculated from the failure load.2 Effect of Loading Rate on Rock Strength 3. the strength is the lowest.9 Laboratory Testing of Rock Materials 3.1b shows variation of σ1 at constant σ3 with angle β. Uniaxial compressive strength.1b Variation of σ1 at constant σ3 with angle β. Figure 3. In compression tests.9. plotted using the above equation.7. two axial deformations and one circumferential deformation measurements are recorded at every 25 KN interval until failure. Fo r rock s. Two axial and one circumferential deformation measurement devices (LVDTs) are attached to each of the specimen.8.8 Time Dependent Characteristics of Rock Materials 3. Load. When the weakness plane is at an angle of 45° + ½ φw.Figure 3. The load is measured by a load transducer.8. The specimen is then compressed under a stiff compression machine with a spherical seating. stress and strain relationship. hence β is about 60° to 70°. The axial stress is applied with a constant strain rate around 1 μm/s such that failure occurs within 5-10 minutes of loading. intact rock specimens generally fail to form a shear plane at an angle about 60° to 70°. φw is about 30° to 50°.1 Rheologic Properties of Rock Materials 3. 3. . This in fact shows that when the rock containing an existing weakness plane that is about to become a failure plane. the rock has the lowest strength.3 Failure Mechanism of Rock Material under Impact and Shock Loading 3.

stress-strain (axial and lateral) curves to failure. 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.. Two axial and two lateral deformation (or a circumferential deformation if a circumferential chain LVDT device is used).Uniaxial compressive strength. mode of failure. Axial tangential Young's modulus at 50% of uniaxial compressive strength. (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. Poisson's ratio. ν50%. Et50% is calculated as the slope of tangent line of axial stress . Hoek-Franklin cell) and a desired confining stress is applied and maintained by a hydraulic pump.3a A typical uniaxial compression test set-up with load and strain measurements. The specimen is placed in a triaxial cell (e.axial strain curve at a stress level equals to 50% of the ultimate uniaxial compressive strength. modulus of elasticity. The specimen is then further compressed under a stiff compression machine with a spherical seating. specimen anisotropy. 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. Poisson's ratio at 50% of uniaxial compressive strength. The . Figure 3. measurement devices are attached to each of the specimen. σ c is calculated as the failure load divided by the initial cross sectional area of the specimen.g. density and water content at time of test.9. uniaxial compressive strength. specimen dimension.

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

5 Shear Strength Tests . For direct tension test. Figure 3. test duration and loading rate. orientation of the axis of loading with respect to specimen anisotropy.636 P Dt Reporting of results includes description of the rock. specimen diameter (D) and specimen thickness (t) by the following formula: σT = − 0. calculation and the Young’s modulus and the Poisson’s ratio is similar to that for the uniaxial compression test. 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.4 Tensile Tests (a) Direct Tension Test Direct tension tests on rock materials are not common. The tensile strength of the rock is calculated from failure load (P).25°. End faces shall be flat to within 0. The specimen is then loaded in tension by pulling from the two ends. due to the difficulty in specimen preparation. mode of failure. Loading is applied continuously at a constant rate such that failure occurs within 15-30 seconds.3.4b Brazilian tensile test.9. rock specimen is to be prepared in dog-bone shape with a thin middle. 3.25 mm and square and parallel to within 0. (b) Brazilian Tensile Strength Test Cylindrical specimen of diameter approximately equals to 50 mm and thickness approximately equal to the radius is prepared. The cylindrical surfaces should be free from obvious tool marks and any irregularities across the thickness. Ten specimens of the same sample shall be tested.9. Deformation modulus can be measured by having strain gauges attached to the specimen. water content and degree of saturation.9.

block and lump tests. is given by: for diametrical test. A straight line is draw to fit best by tangent to all the Mohr’s circles. The Mohr’s circle can be plotted for a series of triaxial tests results with σ 1 at different σ 3 . The angle of the line to the horizontal is the internal friction angle φ. cohesion (c) and international friction angle (φ) can be determined from triaxial compression test data. rock core is cut to a height between 0. based on the MohrCoulomb criterion.(a) Direct Punch Shear (b) Shear Strength Determination by Triaxial Compression Results Shear strength parameters.5 D to D and is loaded between the point load apparatus axially. The point load strength is corrected to the point load strength at equivalent core diameter of 50 mm. Alternatively. For De ≠ 50 mm. Load at failure is recorded as P. For axial test. as typically shown in the figure below. Uncorrected point load strength. rock core specimen of diameter D is loaded between the point load apparatus across its diameter.9. The line represents the shear strength envelope. 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 . 3. The length/diameter ratio for the diametrical test should be greater than 1.0. In diametrical test. Cohesion c and friction angle ‘φ’ can be computed by solving the equations. forming a series circles.45 .I s 0. and the intercept at τ axis is the cohesion c. a series equation can be formed for sets of σ 1 and σ 1 . Is. = 4A / π A = H D = minimum cross sectional area of a plane through the loading points. De2 = D 2 for axial. is calculated as: De where De .6 Point Load Strength Index Test Point load test of rock cores can be conducted diametrically and axially.

6a Point load test.Figure 3. The reading gives directly the Schmidt hammer hardness value.7 Ultrasonic wave velocity Cylindrical rock sample is prepared by cutting and lapping the ends. The velocity is calculated from dividing the length of rock sample by wave travel time.9.9. Both P-wave and S-wave velocities can be measured.7a Measuring P and S wave velocity in a rock specimen. The hammer is released and reading on the hammer is taken. . The standard Schmidt hardness number is taken when the hammer is point vertically down. It is suggest to omit 2 lowest and 2 highest reading. Figure 3.9. The transmitter and the receiver are positioned at the ends of specimen and the pulse wave travel time is measured.9. At least 20 tests should be conducted on any one rock specimen. An ultrasonic digital indicator consist a pulse generator unit.8 Hardness (a) Schmidt Hammer Rebound Hardness A Schmidt hammer with rebound measurement is used for this test. If the hammer is point to horizontal and upward. and to use the remaining reading for calculating the average hardness value. 3. The length is measured. correction is needed to add to the number from the hammer. 3. The Schmidt hammer is point perpendicularly and touch the surface of rock. transmitter and receiver transducers are used for sonic pulse velocity measurement.

9.10a. 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.12 Slake Durability Test Select representative rock sample consisting of 10 lumps each of 40-60g.Figure 3.10a Cerchar abrasivity test West apparatus (West 1989). The CAI value is calculated as. To determine the CAI value the rock is slowly displaced by 10 mm with a velocity of approximately 1 mm/s. 3. The testing apparatus is featured in Figure 3.9. CAI = 10 −2 d where ‘d’ is the wear flat diameter of the stylus tip in μm. A steel stylus (4). 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. 3. fitting into a holder (5).9. roughly spherical in shape with corners rounded during preparation.9. It was proposed by the Laboratoire du Centre d’Etudes et Recherches des Charbonnages (Cerchar) in France.10 Abrasivity (a) Cerchar Abrasivity Test The Cerchar abrasivity test is an abrasive wear with pressure test . loaded on the surface of the rock sample.8a Schmidt hammer rebound hardness test. Figure 3. It consists of a vice for holding rock sample (1). Displacement of the vice (1) is measured by a scale (3).9. 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 drum is brushed clean and its mass is recorded (Mass D).solid removable lid and fixed base.12a Slake durability test. The slaking and drying process is repeated and the mass of the drum and sample is recorded (Mass C). The slake-durability index is taken as the percentage ratio of final to initial dry sample masses after to cycles. C−D Slake-durability index. Figure 3. usually tap water at 20°C.12a). The mass of drum and sample is recorded (Mass A).9. and is dried to a constant mass at 105°C. and the drum is rotated at 20 rpm for 10 minutes (Figure 3. The drum and sample are removed from trough and oven dried to a constant mass at 105°C without the lid.12a Slake Durability Classification = . The mass of the drum and sample is recorded after cooling (Mass B).9. B−D × 100% A− D Table 3. Slake-durability index.9. to a level 20 mm below the drum axis. I d 2 = × 100% A− D The first cycle slake-durability index should be calculated when I d 2 is 0-10%. The sample and drum is placed in trough which is filled with slaking fluid.

quality control. generate sources of elastic waves. Figure Two fundamental cases of stress application (a) and (b). in methods used to stimulate and capture AE in a controlled fashion for study and/or use in inspection. or. typically takes place between 100 kHz and 1 MHz. AE occurs when a small surface displacement of a material is produced. The wave generated by the AE source. Acoustic Emission (AE) is a naturally occurring phenomenon whereby external stimuli. such as mechanical loading. The application of AE to nondestructive testing of materials in the ultrasonic regime. of practical interest. system feedback. or on its surface. This occurs due to stress waves generated when there is a rapid release of energy in a material.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 . process monitoring and others.

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.

1.2a Rock class and rock load factor classification by Terzaghi for steel arch supported tunnels .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. Figure 6.1.1.3a Definition of active span.Figure 6.

1.4 Rock Quality Designation (RQD) (Deere 1964) .6.

Condition of joints: Condition includes joint aperture. (a) Strength of intact rock material: Uniaxial compressive strength is preferred. His parameter has been used in the rock mass classification systems. as an attempt to quantify rock mass quality. For rock of moderate to high strength. Originally. Spacing of joints: Average spacing of all rock discontinuities is used.2.1 Concept of RMR System (1973. As discussed earlier. Groundwater conditions: It is to account for groundwater inflow in excavation stability.1a is the RMR classification updated in 1989. Therefore. roughness.2 Rock Mass Rating – RMR System 6. Table 6.1. joint surface weathering and alteration. this geomechanics classification system incorporated eight parameters.2a reproduces the proposed expression of rock mass quality classification according to RQD. Individual rate for each parameter is .2. and presence of infilling. 1989) The rock mass rating (RMR) system is a rock mass quality classification developed by South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It does not account for the strength of the rock or mechanical and other geometrical properties of the joints. close associated with excavation for the mining industry (Bieniawski 1973). (b) (c) (d) (e) Table 6. RQD: RQD is used as described before. RQD partially reflects on the rock mass quality. 6. Part A of the table shows the RMR classification with the above 5 parameters. The RMR system in use now incorporates five basic parameters below. persistence.1. point load index is acceptable.2a Rock mass quality classification according to RQD RQD has been widely accepted as a measure of fracturing degree of the rock mass. including the RMR and the Q systems. Table 6. RQD only represents the degree of fracturing of the rock mass.Rock quality designation (RQD) was introduced in 1960s.

Explanation of the descriptive terms used is given table Part C. maximum rating for joint condition is 30 while for rock strength is 15. it can be also expresses in rock mass class. Influence of joint orientation on the stability of excavation is considered in Part B of the same table. for example.2. RMR was applied to correlate with excavated active span and stand-up time. a final RMR rating is obtained.1b.obtained from the property of each parameter. The weight of each parameter has already considered in the rating. Table 6.2.1a. equivalent rock mass cohesion and friction angle. as shown in Figure 6.1b Rock mass classes determined from total ratings and meaning . This correlation allow engineer to estimate the stand-up time for a given span and a given rock mass. With adjustment made to account for joint orientation.2. as shown in Table 6. The overall basic RMR rate is the sum of individual rates. The table also gives the meaning of rock mass classes in terms of stand-up time.

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24 m.Figure 6. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa.1a Stand-up time and RMR quality 6.2 Examples of using RMR System (a) A granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets. average joint spacing is 0. average RQD is 88%. 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. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough.2. the excavation surface is wet but not dripping. Selection of RMR parameters and calculation of RMR are shown below: .2.

highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface. It falls in rock class C which indicates the rock mass is of fair quality. joint surfaces are slightly rough. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground. . average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm. joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. average RQD is 41%. groundwater parameter is not directly given. Here. (b) A sandstone rock mass. it is possible to calculate average joint spacing. overburden stress is taken as the major in situ stress as an approximation. average joint spacing is 0. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. filled with clay.The calculated basic RMR is 76. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 MPa. It falls in rock class B which indicates the rock mass is of good quality. However.7) 0. and are highly weathered. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating. Joint water pressure = In situ stress = groundwater pressure = Overburden pressure = = = 70 m × γw 80 m × γ (70 × 1)/(80× 2. with considerable outwash of joint fillings. but given in terms of groundwater pressure of 70 m water head and overburden pressure of 80 m ground. the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass. found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures. with the equation below. In the above information. 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. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. Since there is no indication of in situ stress ratio. 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. joint spacing is not provided.11 m.

.3a.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. 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. It falls in rock class D which indicates the rock mass is of poor quality.αs|. For topping. F2 = 1. Table 6. F2 = (tan βj)2 B = joint dip angle = βj.2.2. SMR = RMR + (F1⋅F2⋅F3) + F4 where F1 = (1 .2.sin A)2 and A = angle between the strikes of the slope and the joint = |αj .RQD = 100 e–0.. i. which gives average joint spacing 0.3b gives the classification category of rock mass slope.05 m Selection of RMR parameters and calculation of RMR are shown below: The calculated basic RMR is 34.1λ (0. Details on rock slope analysis and engineering including excavation methods and support and stabilisation will be covered in a later chapter dealing slope engineering. 6. F2 and F3 are given in Table 6. SMR value is obtained by adjust RMR value with orientation and excavation adjustments for slopes. Closest match and approximation is to be used to determine each of the RMR parameter rating.e.0 Value of F1.

3. The system was based on evaluation of a large number of case histories of underground excavation stability.3a Adjustment rating of F1.1 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). F3 and F4 for joints Table 6.3 Rock Tunnel Quality Q-System 6.Table 6. and is an index for the determination of the tunnelling quality of a rock mass. Jr is the joint roughness number . F2.2. The numerical value of this index Q is defined by: RQD is the Rock Quality Designation measuring the fracturing degree.3a Classification of Rock Slope according to SMT 6.2. Jn is the joint set number accounting for the number of joint sets.

3.1a.1a.3.3. Q value is applied to estimate the support measure for a tunnel of a given dimension and usage. alteration and filling. 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. and SRF is the stress reduction factor indicating the influence of in situ stress.1c. Ja is the joint alteration number indicating the degree of weathering. shown in Table 6.1a Rock mass classification Q system .3. Jw is the joint water reduction factor accounting for the problem from groundwater pressure. The classification system gives a Q value which indicates the rock mass quality. Equivalent dimension is used in the figure and ESR is given in Table 6.1b.accounting for the joint surface roughness.3. as shown in Figure 6. Table 6.

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3.1b Rock mass quality rating according to Q values .Table 6.

1c Excavation Support Ratio (ESR) for various tunnel categories 6.Figure 6.3.3.2 Examples of Using the Q-System .1a Support design based on Q value Table 6.3.

found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures.24 m. (b) A sandstone rock mass. tightly closed and unweathered with occasional stains observed. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. the excavation surface is wet but not dripping. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough. average RQD is 88%. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass. filled with clay. highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface. the tunnel is excavated to 150 m below the ground where no abnormal high in situ stress is expected. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 29. and the rock mass is classified as fair quality.4.(a) A granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets.11 m. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm. average RQD is 70%. and are highly weathered. average RQD is 41%. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating. the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 4. joint surfaces are slightly rough. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 . joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa. and the rock mass is classified as good quality. average joint spacing is 0. average joint spacing is 0.

with considerable outwash of joint fillings. Jn. and SRF ratings are the same parameters in the original Q-system. Orientation of joint structure is accounted for. inflow per 10 m tunnel length is observed at approximately 50 litre/minute. together with the rock material strength. q is the quartz content (%) in rock mineralogy. The components of the QTBM are as follows: where RQD0= RQD (%) measured in the tunnelling direction.3. F is the average cutter load (ton) through the same zone.MPa. Rock stress level is also considered. Closest match and approximation is to be used to determine each of the Q parameter rating. Selection of Q parameters and calculation of Q-value are shown below: The calculated Q-value is 0.3 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). Again. 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. The new parameter QTBM is to estimate TBM performance during tunnelling.85. and σθ is the induced biaxial stress (MPa) on tunnel face in the same zone. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground. and the rock mass is classified as very poor quality. Ja. The abrasive or nonabrasive nature of the rock is incorporated via the cutter life index (CLI). Jw. The constants 20 in the σm term. The method is based on the Q-system and average cutter force in relations to the appropriate rock mass strength. CLI is the cutter life index. 6. . σm is the rock mass strength (MPa) estimated from a complicated equation including the Q-value measured in the tunnel direction. Jr. 20 in the CLI term and 5 in the σθ term are normalising constants.

with increasing of rock mass quality. In general. very poor rock mass does not facilitate penetration. It appears that the correlation between QTBM and Advanced Rate is not consistent and varies with a large margin. such as sheared zones. were intended to classify rock mass quality to arrive a suitable support design. including RMR and Q. 6. Rock mass classification systems. However. the following equivalent between rock mass structural descriptions of blocky to the block size description is suggested below.4. penetration decreases. they were not selected to describe rock mass boreability. the emphasis is obviously not be justified. However. The system gives a GSI value estimated from rock mass structure and rock discontinuity surface condition.4.2. In general.4 Geological Strength Index GSI System and Others 6.1 GSI System The Geological Strength Index (GSI) was introduced by Hoek in 1994. simple block size description does not include geological structural features. while penetration however is a result of interaction between rock mass properties and TBM machine parameters (Zhao 2006).1a.3a. Rock mass structure given in the chart is general description and there may be many cases that does not directly match the description. This system is presented in Tables 6. In the Hoek-Brown . The direct application of GSI value is to estimate the parameters in the Hoek-Brown strength criterion for rock masses. Parameters in those rock mass classifications were related to support design. GSI does not include the parameter of rock strength. Although QTBM has added a number of parameters to reflect cutting force and wear.The experiences on the application of QTBM vary between projects. Example of using the QTBM is given in Figure 6. The systems were not meant for the design of excavation methodology. the GSI value does in fact reflect the rock mass quality. such as folds and shear zones. mainly to cover more complex geological features. The use of GSI requires careful examination and understanding of engineering geological features of the rock mass. GSI system has been modified and updated in the recent years. when developed. The original rock mass classifications are independent of TBM characteristics. as GSI was initiated to be a tool to estimate rock mass strength with the Hoek-Brown strength criterion. It was aimed to estimate the reduction in rock mass strength for different geological conditions. Although it was not aimed at to be a rock mass classification.

it is suggested that GSI can be related to RMR (GSI = RMR – 5).1a Geological Strength Index (GSI) . based on the correlation between RMR and GSI Table 6. for reasonable good quality rock mass. 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.1b. 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 6.4. GSI system did not suggest a direct correlation between rock mass quality and GSI value.criterion. However.4.

average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 160 MPa. average joint spacing is 0. and Joint Surface Condition is very good. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 65 MPa. (c) A highly fractured siltstone rock mass.4. The tunnel is at 220 m below ground.11 m. Refer to the GSI chart. Rock Mass Structure for the above sandstone is very blocky. joint surfaces are slickensided and undulating. highly weathered with stains and weathered surface but no clay found on surface. tightly closed and unweathered with occasional stains observed. The rock mass is classified as good to very good quality. . the tunnel is excavated to 150 m below the ground where no abnormal high in situ stress is expected.24 m. joints are generally in contact with apertures generally less than 1 mm. Therefore GSI is 20±5.4. joint are separated by about 3-5 mm. inflow per 10 m tunnel length is observed at approximately 50 litre/minute. and Joint Surface Condition is very poor. Rock Mass Structure for the above siltstone is blocky /folded/ faulted. joint surfaces are generally stepped and rough. the excavation surface is wet but not dripping. (a) Granite rock mass containing 3 joint sets.1b Rock mass classes determined from GSI 6. The rock mass is classified as very poor to poor quality. average RQD is 41%. Refer to the GSI chart. joint surfaces are slightly rough. Refer to the GSI chart. and Joint Surface Condition is fair to poor. average RQD is 70%. and are highly weathered. (b) A sandstone rock mass. average rock material uniaxial compressive strength is 85 MPa. average RQD is 88%.2 Examples of Using the GSI System Examples of estimating GSI is given below. fractured by 2 joint sets plus random fractures. Therefore GSI is 75±5. with considerable outwash of joint fillings. Therefore GSI is 40±5. The rock mass is classified as fair quality. found to have 2 joint sets and many random fractures. Rock Mass Structure for the above granite is blocky. filled with clay. average joint spacing is 0. joints appears continuous observed in tunnel. the tunnel is to be excavated at 80 m below ground level and the groundwater table is 10 m below the ground surface.Table 6. with the same rock masses used previously to estimate RMR and Q.

RMR and GSI Correlation between Q and RMR are found to be.3 Correlation and Comparison between Q. Figure 6.It is advised that while selecting an average value of GSI. Summary of RMR.4. 6. . Q and GSI from the above three examples are given below.4. RMR = 9 lnQ + A A varies between 26 and 62.3a Correlation between RMR and Q values. and average of A is 44. it is perhaps better to select a range of the GSI value for that rock mass. Figure 6.3a shows the comparison and correlation between RMR and Q.4.

N Rock Mass Number (N) is the rock mass quality Q value when SRF is set at 1 (i. the value of GSI can be related to Rock Mass Rating RMR value as.5 logQ +43.e. 6. stress reduction is not considered).. For very poor quality rock masses.4.25 to 5 MPa yield the same SRF value. .Several other correlation equations have been proposed. For that reason. It should be noted that each classification uses a set of parameters that are different from other classifications. i. For generally competent rock masses with GSI > 25. Consequently. N can be computed as. the value assign to SRF cover too great range. one of which is: RMR = 13. RMR classification should not be used for estimating the GSI values for poor quality rock masses. The use of N in squeezing rock mass classification will be presented in a later section in this chapter.. (a) Rock Mass Number. Squeezing has been noted in the Q-system but is not sufficiently dealt. normal condition. for a rock with σc = 50 MPa. The importance of in situ stress on the stability of underground excavation is insufficiently represented in the Q-system. SRF = 1 for σc/σ1 = 10~200. in situ stresses of 0.e.3 Other Classification Systems Several other classification approaches have been proposed. Another application of N number is to the rock squeezing condition. and without adjustment for joint orientation. It has been noticed that SRF in the Q-system is not sensitive in rock engineering design. For example. a few will be briefly discussed due to their unique application in certain aspect. estimate the value of one classification from another is not advisable. In section. the value of RMR is very difficult to estimate and the correlation between RMR and GSI is no longer reliable. N = (RQD/Jn) (Jr/Ja) (Jw) This system is used because the difficult in obtaining SRF in the Q-system. due to the special behaviour and nature of the squeezing ground. They are all in the general form of semi-log equation. GSI = RMR – 5 RMR is the basic RMR value by setting the Groundwater rating at 15 (dry).

joint density (or block size). Jp = 1 for a intact rock. and Jp is the jointing parameter accounting for 4 joint characteristics. 6. In another word. few joints and good joint surface quality) will have a higher strength and high deformation modulus than that of a poor rock mass. 6. a rock mass of good quality (strong rock.5. joint roughness. The Hoek-Brown criterion for rock mass is described by the following equation: or .2a).5.5 Rock Mass Strength and Rock Mass Quality 6.(b) Rock Mass Index.1 Strength of Rock Mass As discussed earlier. It is also applicable to rock masses (Figure 6.2 Hoek-Brown Strength Criterion of Rock Mass Hoek and Brown criterion discussed in Chapter 4 is not only for rock materials. Jp = 0 for a crushed rock masses. the mechanical properties of a rock mass are also related to the quality of the rock mass. RMi = σc Jp where σc is the uniaxial compressive strength of the intact rock material.5. It is calculated by the following equation. strength and deformation properties of a rock mass are much governed by the existence of joints. Jp is in fact a reduction factor representing the effects of jointing on the strength of rock mass. In general. RMi Rock Mass Index is proposed as an index characterising rock mass strength as a construction material. namely. joint alteration and joint size.

2a Applicability of Hoek-Brown criterion for rock material and rock masses. The equation above is the generalised Hoek-Brown criterion of rock mass. For intact rock.5. Constants mb and s are parameters that changes with rock type and rock mass quality.e. i.Figure 6.. Parameter a is generally equal to 0. In the generalised Hoek-Brown criterion. Table 6. . Note in the Hoek-Brown criterion. 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.5. The HoekBrown criterion for intact rock material is a special form of the generalised equation when s =1 and a = 0.2a gives an earlier suggestion of mb and s values. mb becomes mi. σci is the uniaxial strength of the intact rock in the rock mass.5. σ1 is the strength of the rock mass at a confining pressure σ3.5.

Table 6.2b presents the latest definition of mi values for the intact rock materials.Brown constants Development and application of the Hoek-Brown criterion lead to better definition of the parameters mb and s.5.Table 6.2a Relation between rock mass quality and Hoek. according to different rocks.5. .

the value of mi should be calculated from the test results. are calculated as follows. i.e. rock masses of good to reasonable quality. variation of mi value for each rock can be as great as 18. s = 0. If triaxial tests have been conducted. and a = 0.Table 6.5. the original Hoek-Brown criterion is applicable with.5. As seen from the table.e. Value of a can be estimated from GSI by the following equation.5 For GSI < 25. i. the parameters which describe the rock mass strength characteristics. For GSI > 25. Once the Geological Strength Index has been estimated.2b Values of constant mi for intact rock in Hoek-Brown criterion The values in the above table are suggestive. and a in the Hoek-Brown criterion is no longer equal to 0. rock masses of very poor quality. .

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

5.5. 6. Similarly the uniaxial compressive strength is. . with material uniaxial strength 65 MPa. In situ rock mass modulus (Em) can be estimated from the Q and the RMR systems. Attempts have also been made to correlated deformation modulus of the rock mass with rock mass quality. From the mi table. or GSI < 25.e.4 Correlations between Rock Mass Quality and Mechanical Properties Correlations between rock mass strength and rock mass quality are reflected in Table 6. The better rock mass quality gives high rock mass strength. the rock mass strength is close to the strength of intact rock material. RMR < 23.. in the equations below.2a and the Hoek-Brown criterion relating GSI. When the rock mass is solid and massive with few joints.1. mi given for siltstone is approximately 7. (c) Siltstone rock mass. the rock mass has very low uniaxial compressive strength close to zero. When the rock mass is very poor. i. Q < 0. mean GSI 20.Similarly the uniaxial compressive strength is.

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

i. Squeezing may continue for years in exceptional cases. . Also.Mohr circles in that stress region.6.. which occurs around a tunnel and other underground openings. (i) (ii) (iii) Mild squeezing: closure Moderate squeezing: closure High squeezing: closure 1-3% of tunnel diameter. 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.. where H is in metres. Usually the rate is high at initial stage.2 Squeezing Estimation by Rock Mass Classification Based on case studies. and is essentially associated with creep caused by exceeding shear strength. Rate of squeezing depends on the degree of over-stress. As shown in Figure 6. Behaviour of rock squeezing is typically represented by rock mass squeezes plastically into the tunnel and the phenomenon is time dependent.6.1 Squeezing Phenomenon ISRM (Barla 1995) defines that squeezing of rock is the time dependent large deformation. Squeezing condition may occur above the line. pore pressure needs to be considered as this affects the effective stress level. the stress region may vary from 0 to some level of stress. 6. the ground condition is generally non-squeezing. H > 350 Q1/3. Closure rate reduces with time. moderate and high. 3-5% of tunnel diameter. Below the line. squeezing may be identified from rock class classification Q-value and overburden thickness (H). > 5% of tunnel diameter. For a slope problem.2a. 6. The degree of squeezing often is classified to mild. Deformation may terminate during construction or may continue over a long time period. by the conditions below. Squeezing may occur at shallow depths in weak and poor rock masses such as mudstone and shale. say. Rock masses of competent rock of poor rock mass quality at great depth (under high cover) may also suffer from squeezing.e. the division between squeezing and non-squeezing condition is by a line H = 350 Q1/3. H < 350 Q1/3.e.6 Squeezing Behaviour of Rock Mass 6. i.6. several centimetres of tunnel closure per day for the first 1-2 weeks of excavation.

2b. which is the external cause of squeezing is dealt separated by considering the overburden depth. . As discussed in the previous section.6.2a Predicting squeezing ground using Q-value Another approach predicting squeezing is by using the Rock Mass Number (N).6. In situ stress. N is the Q-value when SRF is set to be 1. the line separating non-squeezing from squeezing condition is.Figure 6. Where H is the tunnel depth or overburden in metres and B is the tunnel span or diameter in metres. The parameters allow one to separate in situ stress effects from rock mass quality. From Figure 6.

and A is a rock parameter proportion to friction. It is also possible to characterise the degree of squeezing base on the same figure. . Squeezing may not occur in hard rocks with high values of parameter A. Mild squeezing occurs when (275 N1/3) B–0. σθ > Strength = σcm + Px A/2 where σθ is the tangential stress at the tunnel opening. P=γH.Figure 6. The above equation can be written in the form below for a circular tunnel under hydrostatic in situ stress field. squeezing conditions around a tunnel opening can occur when.1.1 High squeezing occurs when H > (630 N1/3) B–0.1 Moderate squeezing occurs when (450 N1/3) B–0. Px is the in situ stress in the tunnel axis direction.2b Squeezing ground condition is presented by: H > (275 N1/3) B–0.1 < H < (630 N1/3) B–0.6. with overburden stress P.1 < H < (450 N1/3) B–0. σcm is the uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass.1. Theoretically.

g. Overburden stress can be estimated from the overburden depth and rock unit weight.6.2a. Table 6. The prediction curve was compared with tunnel squeezing case histories..6.2c. Uniaxial compressive strength of the rock mass can be estimated from the Hoek-Brown criterion with rock mass quality assessment (e. Studies carried out by Hoek (2000) indicate that squeezing can in fact start at rock mass strength / in situ stress ratio of 0.2c Squeezing prediction curve and comparison with case histories.3.6. . GSI).6.ISRM classifies squeezing rock mass and ground condition in Table 6.2a Suggested predictions of squeezing conditions The prediction equations for squeezing require the measurements of in situ stress and rock mass strength. A prediction curve was proposed by Hoek and reproduced in Figure 6. relating tunnel closure to rock mass strength/in situ stress ratio. Figure 6.

Figure 3. Z (m) .2a. σv = 0.CHAPTER 3 In situ Stress In situ stress measurements have been compiled and presented in Figure 2.2a In situ stress measurements at various (Brady and Brown 157). Change of vertical stress with depth is scattered about the tend line.027 z. Depth.5. which represents the overburden pressure.

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

Thus.Measuring Strain (deformation) in rock The closure of roof and floor. However. A groove is then cut around the location of the strain gauge. and The strain restoration method In the Strain relief method strain gauges are fixed to the opening walls at selected locations. 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. 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. 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. 2. freeing the rock surface to expand. In the Strain restoration method strain gauges are fixed to the rock surface and readings are taken. The deformation in rocks is very small and therefore the determination of stresses depends on the measurement of extremely small deformations. such measurements do not yield information as to the stresses existing in the rock. thus allowing the portion of rock to expand. is the most conspicuous phenomenon associated with underground openings and the easiest to measure. the deformation in the rock is 0.000 MPa). The rock stresses are not measured directly. A deep slot is then cut into the rock above the gauges and the rock in allowed to expand. . The modulii of elasticity of rocks ranges from 20 to 70 × 10 6 KPa. These are: 1. For example in a rock with an elastic modulus of 7 0 × 10 6 KPa (70. large changes in stress values are produced by very small changes in dimensions (strain). There are two general methods for determining absolute rock strain. 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 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. The amount of the expansion is a function of the initial stress within the rock and of the modulus of elasticity of the rock.0005 mm. or of walls and ribs. The pressure in the jack is then assumed to be equal to the original pressure in the rock normal to the slot surface. In an elastic material a stress concentration is created near the boundary of the opening. The strain relief method.

The surface on which the gauges are mounted required careful selection and preparation. Figure Borehole deformation gauge Theory and Equations Uni-axial stress . 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. Maximum deformation is caused to the vertical axis of a horizontal borehole due to the vertical stress (assuming the horizontal stress is in effective). 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. When the vertical and horizontal stress in the rock is equal there will be no differential deformation along the two axes of the borehole. The surface is ground smooth with a hand grinding wheel.

as the stress increases. the hole (at the point) is expanding.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. and equation 1 reduces to 3dS E 0 When θ = 90 . 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. the deformation is U= U =− dS E (2) (3) And the minus sign signifies that. the deformation is in the direction of the applied uniaxial stress.

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 .

U= (5) When θ = 900. the magnitude and direction of the stresses S and T can be computed. 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 . 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.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.

U2. T = borehole deformation at a 600 separation (600 deformation rosette) in cm. In practice when a flat jack 70cm long and 70cm wide was used the distance A-B was made about 30cm. 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. 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. The flat jack is then placed in the slot and cemented tightly in place with quick-setting cement mortar.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. 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. 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. . The pressure in the flat jack is then a function of the original pressure in the rock before the slot was cut. as shown in the figure. The measuring points A-Bare established prior to cutting slot and the distance between the points is accurately determined. 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. . U3 a d S.

Figure Stress measurement using a flatjack Figure Modified Flakjack method .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. Because of the difficulty in cutting deep flatjack slots the method is restricted to near-surface measurements.

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

Figure Axial deformation gauges Figure dial gauge deformeter .

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. etc. position and rate of movement of rock surrounding an excavation. In mining a simple extensometer such as this is known as a “telltale” because it gives a visual indication of roof movement. or between HW and FW. 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. characteristics of the country rock. . Extensometers are used to determine the magnitude. The relative movement of the anchor points is measured with either mechanical or electromechanical devices. After installation of all the anchors the reference head will be installed leaving all the scales hanging freely. 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. 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. a borehole mouth anchor at the tunnel wall and a means of indicating or measuring change in distance between them. Extensometers are installed into boreholes. Model SME 248. These anchors will be installed in a 42 mm hole at four different heights with the help of installation tool. Movement is indicated by coloured reflective bands on the indicator. When the bed/roof separation is taking place the reading will change in the respective scale. Measurement of convergence may be useful in predicting the imminence of failure of roof or floor rock.has four/six spider type strong leaf spring anchors (Above figure). is an indication of the magnitude of the pressure on the rock above the opening. The steel wire will be brought to the down surface of roof. which are progressively covered as movement develops. The steel wire will be attached with each anchor before pushing of anchors. the amount and quality of filling material. The amount of strain depends upon several factors. The essential features of an extensometer installation are a stable reference anchor position at the far end of the borehole. 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. such as the amount of ground which is open. Each wire will be attached with steel scale of different colour for identification of the anchor height.The relative amount of closure between roof and floor.

Figure Evolution of Dual height Telltale .

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

temperature. Borehole breakouts (dog earing) “Borehole breakout” is the more widely used term for what is known in South African mining as “dog earing”. In these attempts. Whilst this approach may have some potential for estimating indicative values of stress. It is commonly observed in deep boreholes. Haimson and Song. more particularly. 1985. Zoback et al 1986. it is unlikely that it will be successful in the adequate quantification of stress magnitudes. . 1993. 1993). This is due to the fact that breakout mechanisms will be different for different types of rock. and extents of breakout will vary depending on rock properties and in situ conditions (water. drilling. They can therefore often provide a reliable indication of the orientations of in situ stress fields.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. 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. 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. etc). 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. Lee and Haimson. 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. the orientations of in situ stresses. the width and depth of the breakout have been measured as a basis for estimating the stresses.

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

indicating that the core axis is not a principal stress direction Observations of failures in excavations Excavations can be considered as large boreholes. the maximum stress in the plane perpendicular to the tunnel axis) is vertical at this location. Similarly. Dog earring in bored excavations can be equally pronounced as in 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. 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. This shows that the major secondary principal stress normal to the tunnel axis (i.e.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. . Figure 11 shows a classic dog ear in the sidewall of a 5 m diameter tunnel.

1993). 4.3. Scheidegger (1962) and Fairhurst (1964) were the first to suggest its use for the determination of in situ stresses. Zoback et al. 1987. . Cornet (1993a). The characteristics of the pressure induced breakdown and the subsequent reopening of the fracture under repressurisation are monitored carefully. It has been widely used in the oil well industry. 1977. 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. Rummel et al. Haimson (1968. From all these data the orientations of the secondary principal stresses normal to the axis of the borehole can be interpreted. Vertical boreholes are usually used and it is assumed that the in situ principal stresses are vertical and horizontal.1 Hydraulic fracturing Conventional hydraulic fracturing involves the pressurizing of a short length of borehole. Although hydraulic fracturing had been used previously for other purposes such as borehole stimulation for increasing the yield of water supply or dewatering boreholes. Zoback et al. 1980. 1977. 1983) and Zoback (Zoback et al. 1986) played a major role in developing and promoting the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique. The application of the method is illustrated diagrammatically in Figure 14. until the hydraulic pressure causes the rock to fracture. Rummel (Rummel. 1983. isolated using hydraulic packers on either side of it.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. 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.

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

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

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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