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Byerlee's law, also known as Byerlee's friction law is an experimental rheology law that states that the shear stress required to slide rock surfaces over one another decreases with normal stress, and becomes nearly independent of rock type.
It describes an important property of crustal rock, and can be used to determine when fracturing along a geological fault takes places.
Notes and References
- E. B. Burov (2010). "Plate Rheology and Mechanics". In Watts, Anthony B. Crust and Lithosphere Dynamics: Treatise on Geophysics. Elsevier. p. 100. ISBN 9780444535726.
- Byerlee, James D. (July 1978). "Friction of Rocks". Pure and Applied Geophysics 116 (4-5): 615–626. doi:10.1007/BF00876528. ISSN 0033-4553.
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