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DRUMOND, David Alvarenga  e  PINTO, Cláudio Lúcio Lopes. Using rodogram function to characterize hurst coefficient in rock profiles. REM, Int. Eng. J. [online]. 2018, vol.71, n.3, pp.383-389. ISSN 2448-167X.

Roughness is a fundamental feature to define rock deformability and resistance. A detailed characterization of discontinuity surface geometry is essential for understanding some of the rock’s mechanical behaviors. Fractal geometry has been used by several authors to correlate parameters such as the Hurst coefficient for JRC (Joint Roughness coefficient) to better describe a surface geometry. Surface profiles might be characterized by a fractal dimension that represents the small scale of the geometric recurrence. In this paper, we propose to modify the methodology used to identify the Hurst coefficient incorporating the rodogram function in the JRC analysis. The proposed function is less influenced by drifting effects, and seems to be more precise than the commonly used variogram function. Robust mathematical models of spatial continuity can be a better alternative to characterize the roughness of rock discontinuities.

Palavras-chave : rodogram; fractal dimension; variogram; joint roughness; Hurst coefficient.

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