Intact rock strength and stiffness properties are commonly used in rock mass mechanical characterization, and their evaluation is usually based on laboratory tests. Due to the variability that affects strength and stiffness parameters, the determination of the number of laboratory- tested specimens required to obtain a reliable reference value is very useful. However, many studies reported in apposite literature focused only on the variability of strength parameters. This study investigates the variability of some of the most important strength and stiffness properties (unconfined compressive strength, indirect tensile strength, tangent and secant Young’s moduli, Poisson’s ratio) by applying statistical methods (statistical decision theory and statistical inference theory). A data set of 451 laboratory tests was used, performed on three rock types. The statistical analyses were applied with the aim of assessing how closely intact rock laboratory data follow a normal distribution and determining the minimum number of specimens required to obtain a reliable average value of the parameters in relation to a targeted precision index for a confidence level of 95 %. The results indicate that the minimum number of samples needed varies depending on rock and test types. Among the stiffness properties, tangent Young’s modulus has a lower variability than both the secant modulus and the Poisson’s ratio, whereas in terms of strength parameters, unconfined compressive strength is subject to greater variability than indirect tensile strength.
|Titolo:||Variability of intact rock mechanical properties for some metamorphic rock types and its implications on the number of test specimens|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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