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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 108
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 254

Computation of the Equivalent Mohr-Coulomb Parameters for Hoek-Brown Rock

S.K. Sharan

Bharti School of Engineering, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

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S.K. Sharan, "Computation of the Equivalent Mohr-Coulomb Parameters for Hoek-Brown Rock", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 254, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.254
Keywords: Hoek-Brown failure criterion, Mohr-Coulomb parameters, finite element, elastoplastic analysis, underground openings, jointed rock mass.

In this paper, a novel general method is proposed for the computation of the equivalent Mohr-Coulomb (EM-C) parameters to conduct the elastoplastic analysis of rock mass governed by the generalized Hoek-Brown (GH-B) failure criterion. The proposed method is based on an iterative procedure. The least-squares regression is used for the linearization of the non-linear yield function to compute the new values of the EM-C parameters. By analysing stresses and displacements around underground openings using analytical and finite element methods, it is shown that the proposed method is convergent, efficient and effective. The principal advantages of the proposed method are that it is quite general, the computational difficulties encountered in the implementation of the GH-B failure criterion may be circumvented and a general purpose finite element software that does not have the GH-B failure criterion as a material option may be used to analyse a jointed rock mass.

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