Fault and Joint Development in Brittle and Semi-Brittle Rock

Fault and Joint Development in Brittle and Semi-Brittle Rock

The Commonwealth and International Library: Geology Division

1st Edition - November 11, 2013

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  • Author: Neville J. Price
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483185590

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Fault and Joint Development: In Brittle and Semi-Brittle Rock details the theoretical concepts about fault and joint development in rock when they behave as brittle or semi-brittle material. The title first covers the concepts and criteria of brittle failure, along with the limits of temperature and pressure below which rocks may behave in a brittle or semi-brittle manner. Next, the selection details the application of the concepts of brittle failure and elastic theory to the problems of faulting and jointing. The book will be of great use to undergraduate students of geology and its related degrees. The text will also serve professionals in geological disciplines as a reference.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    1. Brittle Fracture




    Strength of Brittle Material

    Influence of Petrology on Uniaxial Strength

    Influence of Environmental Factors on Brittle Failure

    Relationships between Principal Stresses at Failure

    Navier—Coulomb Criterion of Brittle Failure

    Griffith Criterion of Brittle Failure

    Crack Propagation



    Time—Strain Mechanism in Semi-Brittle Material

    Long-Term Strength in Triaxial Compression

    2. Faults


    Fault Nomenclature

    The Navier—Coulomb Criterion and the Angle of Fracture

    Dynamic Classification of Faults

    Anisotropy and Shear Failure

    Further Conditions of Strike-Slip Faulting

    Structures Associated with Strike-Slip

    Oblique-Slip Faults

    Overthrust Faulting and Pore-Water Pressure

    Thrust Development in Fold Belts

    Faults in Sediments Due to Movement in the Basement Complex

    Criticism of Using the Brittle Failure Criteria in the Faulting Problem

    3. Joints


    Classification of Joints

    Relationship of Joints to Other Structures

    Surface Features

    Joint Movement

    Origin of Joints

    Joint Frequency

    Jointing Infolded Rock

    Pinnate or Feather Joints

    Inter-Relationship of Joint Sets

    Jointing in Igneous Rocks

    Columnar Joints

    Sheet Joints

    Joints—Brittle Fractures


Product details

  • No. of pages: 186
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: November 11, 2013
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483185590

About the Author

Neville J. Price

About the Editor

F. H. T. Rhodes

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