This course presents a comprehensive introduction to rock mechanics and its applications for civil and mining environments. The course is designed for future Civil Engineers who will work on projects in rock engineering. Major topics of the course include: introduction to rock structures, rock and rock mass properties, rock engineering for underground openings, and rock slope engineering.
Availability2018 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Define the characteristics and the mechanical properties (strength and failure criteria) of rock mass, rock matrix and discontinuities
2. Explain methods for in situ investigation and laboratory testing of rock matrix and discontinuities.
3. Use rock mass classification systems (RMR, Q, GSI)
4. Analyse the stress distribution (isotropic, anisotropic) in situ and around an opening in rock (competent rock, jointed rock mass, blocky rock)
5. Propose designs of excavation supports.
6. Conduct rock slope stability analyses.
This course specifically addresses the following key learnings: 1.Rock mass, rock matrix and discontinuities 2.Mechanical properties of rock matrix and discontinuities: deformability, strength and failure criteria. 3.In situ investigation and laboratory testing of rock matrix and discontinuities. 4.Rock mass classification (RMR, Q, GSI) and rock mass behaviour (incl. influence of discontinuities on strength, stress distribution and water flow). 5.Stress distribution (isotropic, anisotropic) in situ and around an opening in rock (competent rock, jointed rock mass, blocky rock), design of excavation supports. 6.Rock slope instabilities: types, design and mitigation measures.
This course has similarities to CIVL4230. If you have successfully completed CIVL4230, you cannot enrol in this course.
Geomechanics 1 and Geomechanics 2
Written Assignment: Assignment 1
In Term Test: In Term Test
Written Assignment: Assignment 2
Formal Examination: Formal Exam
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2