Bagde, M.N. and Raina, A.K. and Chakraborty, A.K. and Jethwa, J.L (2002) Rock mass characterization by fractal dimension. Engineering Geology, 63 (1-2). pp. 141-155. ISSN 0013-7952

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Fractal theory is used in the present study to develop a more reliable method for rock mass characterization. Field studies have been carried out in opencast mines of dolomite, limestone, fluorite; sandstone and shale in coalmines. Fractal dimension of blasted fragments (Dfrag) and in situ rock blocks (Din situ) is calculated using size distribution curves according to Schumann’s model. Based on the co-relation between Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS) and Dfrag, it is observed that change in fractal dimension is nominal beyond the UCS value of 20. From the co-relation between Bieniawaski’s Rock Mass Rating (RMR) and Din situ, it is found that there is a sharp increase in fractal dimension for RMR greater than 40. Co-relation between RMR and Dfrag/Din situ shows that as RMR increases, Dfrag/Din situ ratio decreases. Rock mass classification based on fractal geometry is suggested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Blasting
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2011 05:57
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2011 09:11

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