Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 771–781 | Cite as

A modified Hoek-Brown failure criterion considering the damage to reservoir bank slope rocks under water saturation-dehydration circulation

  • Xin-gang Wang
  • Jia-ding Wang
  • Tian-Feng Gu
  • Bao-qin Lian


After water is impounded in a reservoir, rock mass in the hydro-fluctuation belt of the reservoir bank slope is subject to water saturationdehydration circulation (WSDC). To quantify the rate of change of rock mechanical properties, samples from the Longtan dam area were measured with uniaxial compression tests after different numbers (1, 5, 10, 15, and 20) of simulated WSDC cycles. Based on the curves derived from these tests, a modified Hoek- Brown failure criterion was proposed, in which a new parameter was introduced to model the cumulative damage to rocks after WSDC. A case of an engineering application was analyzed, and the results showed that the modified Hoek-Brown failure criterion is useful. Under similar WSDC-influenced engineering and geological conditions, rock mass strength parameters required for analysis and evaluation of rock slope stability can be estimated according to this modified Hoek-Brown failure criterion.


Modified Hoek-Brown criterion Reservoir bank slope Hydro-fluctuation belt Water saturation-dehydration circulation Damage 


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These research results are supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under No. 41630639, the National Basic Research Program of China (2014CB744703), Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (No. 2016JQ4014), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2016M602743).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin-gang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jia-ding Wang
    • 1
  • Tian-Feng Gu
    • 1
  • Bao-qin Lian
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Continental DynamicsDepartment of Geology, Northwest UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.School of Geology Engineering and SurveyingChang’ an UniversityXi’ anChina

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