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The Orange Book

Publisher: Springer
Date of Publication: August 2104
Editor: Reşat Ulusay (President of the ISRM Commission on Testing Methods)

293 pages, 218 illustrations, 53 illustrations in color

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This book is a collection of ISRM suggested methods for testing or measuring properties of rocks and rock masses both in the laboratory and in situ, as well as for monitoring the performance of rock engineering structures. The first collection (Yellow Book) has been published in 1981. In order to provide access to all the Suggested Methods in one volume, the ISRM Blue Book was published in 2007 (by the ISRM via the Turkish National Group) and contains the complete set of Suggested Methods from 1974 to 2006 inclusive. The papers in this most recent volume have been published during the last seven years (2007-2014) in international journals, mainly in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. They offer guidance for rock characterization procedures and laboratory and field testing and monitoring in rock engineering. These methods provide a definitive procedure for the identification, measurement and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics, or properties of rocks or systems that procedures a test result.

The Orange book is available to ISRM members for free in ebook format or at a 75% discount in hardcover format in this link (login needed).

The content of the Orange Book:

  • “Preface” by Professors John A. Hudson and Xia-Ting Feng, ISRM Presidents 2007-2011 and 2011-2105, respectively.
  • “Introduction” by the Editor 
  • The Present and Future of Rock Testing: Highlighting the ISRM Suggested Methods
Part I - Laboratory Testing:

  • ISRM Suggested Method for Determination of the Schmidt Hammer Rebound Hardness: Revised Version.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining the Dynamic Strength Parameters and Mode-I Fracture - Toughness of Rock Materials.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for the Determination of Mode II Fracture Toughness.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Reporting Rock Laboratory Test Data in Electronic Format.
  • Upgraded ISRM Suggested Method for Determining Sound Velocity by Ultrasonic Pulse Transmission Technique.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Determining the Abrasivity of Rock by the CERCHAR Abrasivity Test.
  •  ISRM-Suggested Method for Determining the Mode I Static Fracture Toughness Using Semi-Circular Bend Specimen.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining the Creep Characteristics of Rock.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Laboratory Determination of the Shear Strength of Rock Joints: Revised Version.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for the Needle Penetration Test.
Part II - Field Testing:

  • ISRM Suggested Method for Rock Fractures Observations Using a Borehole Digital Optical Televiewer.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Measuring Rock Mass Displacement Using a Sliding Micrometer.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Step-Rate Injection Method for Fracture In-Situ Properties (SIMFIP): Using a 3-Components Borehole Deformation Sensor.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock Stress Estimation—Part 5: Establishing a Model for the In Situ Stress at a Given Site.
Part - III Monitoring
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Monitoring Rock Displacements Using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Part- IV Failure Criteria:
  • Suggested Methods for Rock Failure Criteria: General Introduction.
  • Introduction to Suggested Methods for Failure Criteria.
  • Mohr–Coulomb Failure Criterion.
  • The Hoek-Brown Failure Criterion.
  • Three-Dimensional Failure Criteria Based on the Hoek–Brown Criterion.
  • Drucker-Prager Criterion.
  • Lade and Modified Lade 3D Rock Strength Criteria.
  • A Failure Criterion for Rocks Based on True Triaxial Testing.
Part V - Additional Article on Rock Characterization:
  • A Survey of 3D Laser Scanning Techniques for Application to Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.