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Test Method Title
(Rock Direct Shear) Standard Test Method for Performing Laboratory Direct Shear Strength Tests of Rock Specimens Under Constant Normal Force
ASTM D5607 - Direct Shear
Shear Strength, Friction Angle; Joint Roughness Coefficient
Description of Test
Shear force is applied along a shear plane while maintaining a constant normal force to cause shear displacement within an intact rock specimen. The shear force is recorded and used to calculate friction angle. Any specimen orientation can be tested.
Preferred Test Sample Size
Rock core specimens
Number of Test Specimens
3 or 4
Test Specimen Size
In most cases, the least cross-sectional dimension of the specimen should be at least 10 times the largest grain size in the specimen. The test plane should have a minimum area of 1900 mm2 (3 in2). Specimen should fit within 6" diameter shear rings.
Asperity, direct shear strength, discontinuity, displacement, rock, roughness, sliding friction, stress