, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 1-22,
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Date: 25 May 2010

Sheeting Joints: Characterisation, Shear Strength and Engineering


Sheeting joints are extensive fractures that typically develop parallel to natural slopes. Embryonic sheeting joints initially constitute channels for water flow and then become the focus for weathering and sediment infill accompanied by progressive deterioration and dilation. Slabs of rock fail along them periodically because of their adverse orientation and long persistence. They are however rough and wavy and these characteristics contribute highly to their shear strength and improve their stability. This paper reviews several landslide case histories and on the basis of these provides guidelines for characterising sheeting joints and determining their shear strength. Engineering options for stabilising sheeting joints in natural and cut slope configurations are then examined with reference to case examples.