Wedge stability analysis considering dilatancy of discontinuities

Y. J. Wang, Jianhua Yin

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A method for the calculation of the factor of safety by using the limit equilibrium method and considering the dilatancy of discontinuities on which the wedge rests is addressed. The direction of shear force on each discontinuity plane is determined by considering the dilative movement along the discontinuous plane. The variation of factor of safety with a dilative coefficient is also clarified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalRock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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