Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 50, Issue 10, pp 2817–2825 | Cite as

Determination of Representative Volume Element Considering the Probability that a Sample Can Represent the Investigated Rock Mass at Baihetan Dam Site, China

  • Wen Zhang
  • Qihua Zhao
  • Runqiu Huang
  • Donghe Ma
  • Jianping Chen
  • Peihua Xu
  • Jinsheng Que
Technical Note


Representative volume element Rock mass structure Three-dimensional fracture network Monte Carlo simulation Probability 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China Natural Science Foundations of China (Grant numbers: 41402242 and 414722243), the National Natural Key Science Program Foundation (Grant numbers: 41130745 and 41330636), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant numbers: 2014M550460 and 2015T80965), Opening Fund of State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (Chengdu University of Technology) (Grant number: SKLGP2015K014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Construction EngineeringJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment ProtectionChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina
  3. 3.China Water Northeastern Investigation, Design & Research Co. Ltd.ChangchunChina
  4. 4.North China Power Engineering Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting GroupBeijingChina

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