A Method of Determining In-situ Stress in Anisotropic Rock.
Trans SME AIME 1969 Dec; 244:436-445
The evaluation of in situ rock stresses from measurements of the change in diameter of a borehole that is stress relieved by overcoring has become a common practice. Generally the stress evaluation has been based on isotropic relations whereas rock in varying degrees is anisotropic. A plane elasticity solution for a circular hole along one axis of an orthotropic medium has been adapted to evaluation of in situ stress. The necessary elastic parameters for this evaluation may conveniently be obtained from static tests on the overcore in conjunction with a consistent orthotropic thick-wall cylinder solution. The method and equations for the laboratory and field evaluations are summarized and illustrated.
Trans. SME, AIME, V. 244, December 1969, PP. 436-445