Data from: A new method for evaluating the rock mass damage index based on the field point load strength
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Wen, Lei et al. (2019). Data from: A new method for evaluating the rock mass damage index based on the field point load strength [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.bm76m89
The damage index is a crucial controlling parameter for rock mass strength and deformation in civil, geological and mining engineering projects. In this study, a new method was proposed for computing the damage index of a rock mass based on the field point load strength. This method provides a strength ratio whose numerator is the point load strength (PLS) of splitting along the pre-existing joint and whose denominator is the PLS of intact rock failure. To validate this method, the author derived a relationship between the damage index and the integrality coefficient using an empirical relation. Moreover, numerous experimental tests were conducted, including P-wave testing and on-site point load testing. Finally, linear regression analysis was performed to analyze the correlation between the new damage index D_R and the integrality coefficient K_v. This study demonstrates that the presented new method is sensitive to both plasticity and damage in estimating the damage degree of rock masses in underground excavation and tunnel engineering.