Fault and Joint Development

Fault and Joint Development

In Brittle and Semi-Brittle Rock

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Author: Neville J. Price
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139227

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Fault and Joint Development in Brittle and Semi-brittle Rock deals with theories of fault and joint development in rock when they behave as brittle or semi-brittle material. The book contains three chapters, the first of which deals with some of the concepts and criteria of brittle failure along with an attempt to define limits of temperature and pressure below which rocks may behave in a brittle or semi-brittle manner. The second and third chapters discuss the application of these concepts of brittle failure and elastic theory to the problems of faulting and jointing, respectively. It is emphasized that since this book deals with theoretical aspects of structural geology it is concerned with generalizations and approximations. It must be left to the reader to decide how closely these theories approximate to any particular field data. This book is primarily intended for senior undergraduates and postgraduates in geology interested in the interpretation of geological structures. It may also be of interest to some mining and civil engineers.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    1. Brittle Fracture




    Strength of Brittle Material

    Influence of Petrology on Uni-axial 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 Tri-axial 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

    Over Thrust 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 in-folded 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: 188
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139227

About the Author

Neville J. Price

About the Editor

F. H. T. Rhodes

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