Basics of Rock Fracture Mechanics

  • R. A. Schmidt
  • H. P. Rossmanith
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 275)


An understanding of the mechanics and mechanisms of rock fracture is a key element in solving a great many engineering problems that involve geotechnical structures. A “geotechnical structure” may be simply a rock mass containing a fossile fuel such as coal, oil, or gas or a mineral with valuable elements such as copper, iron, or aluminum. The rock mass becomes a structure when man enters the picture by drilling a hole, boring a tunnel, or digging a longwall, room and pillar, or open pit mine. The methods used in extracting these fossil fuels and minerals or in simply making tunnels invariably involve rock fracture of one form or another. These take such forms as drilling, blasting, boring, and well stimulation by hydraulic fracturing and explosive fracturing.


Fracture Toughness Stress Intensity Factor Crack Length Plastic Zone Hydraulic Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Schmidt
    • 1
  • H. P. Rossmanith
    • 2
  1. 1.TerraTek InternationalApplied Geomechanics DivisionSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Institute of MechanicsTechnical UniversityViennaAustria

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