American Journal of Applied Sciences

Stability of Rock Pillars with Singular and Persistent Discontinuities

Pierpaolo Oreste

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2012.1354.1372

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 9

Pages 1354-1372


Problem statement: The strength of rock pillars in the presence of single, persistent, natural discontinuities can seriously be compromised and lead the pillar to collapse because of instability along the discontinuity itself. Approach: A specific analysis method for this kind of problem has been set up in this study to evaluate the stability of pillars and to determine the dimension that this kind of pillar should have in order to guarantee the minimum requested safety factor. Results and Conclusion: The objective is to determine the limit shear stress and the actual acting shear stress at 25 points distributed along the discontinuity in order to then be able to obtain the safety factor concerning collapse of the pillar along the discontinuity surface.


© 2012 Pierpaolo Oreste. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.