How to Calculate and Solve for Mohr – Coulomb Criterion | Rock Mechanics

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To compute for mohr – coulomb criterion, three essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Cohesion (|τo), Co-efficient of Friction (μ) and Normal Stress (σn).

The formula for calculating the mohr – coulomb criterion:

|τ| = τo + μσn

Where;

|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion
o = Cohesion
μ = Co-efficient of Friction
σn = Normal Stress

Let’s solve an example;
Find the mohr – coulomb criterion when the cohesion is 7, the co-efficient of friction is 30 and the normal stress is 28.

This implies that;

o = Cohesion = 7
μ = Co-efficient of Friction = 30
σn = Normal Stress = 28

|τ| = τo + μσn
|τ| = 7 + 30(28)
|τ| = 7 + 840
|τ| = 847

Therefore, the mohr – coulomb criterion is 847.

Calculating the Cohesion when the Mohr – Coulomb Criterion, the Co-efficient of Friction and the Normal Stress is Given.

o = |τ|  – μσn

Where;

o = Cohesion
|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion
μ = Co-efficient of Friction
σn = Normal Stress

Let’s solve an example;
Find the cohesion when the mohr – coulomb criterion is 44, the co-efficient of friction is 10 and the normal stress is 4.

This implies that;

|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion = 44
μ = Co-efficient of Friction = 10
σn = Normal Stress = 4

o = |τ|  – μσn
o = 44  – 10(4)
o = 44  – 40
o = 4

Therefore, the cohesion is 4.

Calculating the Co-efficient of Friction when the Mohr – Coulomb Criterion, the Cohesion and the Normal Stress is Given.

μ = |τ| – |τo / σn

Where;

μ = Co-efficient of Friction
|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion
o = Cohesion
σn = Normal Stress

Let’s solve an example;
Find the co-efficient of friction when the cohesion is 10, the mohr – coulomb criterion is 24 and the normal stress is 12.

This implies that;

|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion = 24
o = Cohesion = 10
σn = Normal Stress = 12

μ = |τ| – |τo / σn
μ = 24 – 10 / 12
μ = 14 / 12
μ = 1.667

Therefore, the co-efficient of friction is 1.667.

Calculating the Normal Stress when the Mohr – Coulomb Criterion, the Co-efficient of Friction and the Cohesion is Given.

σn = |τ| – |τo / μ

Where;

σn = Normal Stress
|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion
o = Cohesion
μ = Co-efficient of Friction

Let’s solve an example;
Find the normal stress when the mohr – coulomb criterion is 30, the cohesion is 14 and the co-efficient of friction is 5.

This implies that;

|τ = Mohr – Coulomb Criterion = 30
o = Cohesion = 14
μ = Co-efficient of Friction = 5

σn = |τ| – |τo / μ
σn = 30 – 14 / 5
σn = 16 / 5
σn = 3.2

Therefore, the normal stress is 3.2.

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Now, Click on Rock Mechanics under Geology

Now, Click on Mohr – Coulomb Criterion under Rock Mechanics

The screenshot below displays the page or activity to enter your values, to get the answer for the mohr – coulomb criterion according to the respective parameters which are the Cohesion (|τo), Co-efficient of Friction (μ) and Normal Stress (σn).

Now, enter the values appropriately and accordingly for the parameters as required by the Cohesion (|τo) is 7, Co-efficient of Friction (μ) is 30 and Normal Stress (σn) is 28.

Finally, Click on Calculate

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