Distribution of block volumes in jointed rock bodies

A. Ya Belov, V. V. Pavlova

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A method based on ergodicity reasoning is developed that can be used to construct the distribution of blocks in terms of volume or any other geometric characteristics. The method indicates a bimodal distribution of block volumes, which is consistent with measurements. The method has been made the basis of a computer program that constructs the block volume distribution from specified system characteristics. Calculation results are presented for a model in which the joints are equally spaced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalDoklady Earth Sciences
Volume345 A
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


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