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Tensile Strength of Rock

Tensile strength Te  is 20 to 30x smaller than the strength of rock in simple compression σc.

Strength in simple tension To for selected intact rocks [MPa]

Basalt

3 - 18

Gneiss

7 - 16

Granite

11 - 21

Limestone

3 - 5

Marble

7 - 12

Quarzite

4 - 23

Sandstone

5 - 11

Schist

5 - 12

Slate

2 - 17

Tuff

2 - 4