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Rock mechanics is concerned with the application of the principles of engineering mechanics to the design of structures built in or on rock. The structure could include many things, such as; a drill hole, a mining shaft, a tunnel, a reservoir dam, a repository component, or a building. Rock mechanics is used in many engineering disciplines, but primarily used in Mining, Civil, Geotechnical, Transportation, and Petroleum Engineering.[2][3]




Rock mechanics and engineering



Rock mechanics answers questions such as, "is reinforcement necessary for a rock, or will it be able to handle whatever load it is faced with?" [4] It also includes the design of reinforcement systems, such as rock bolting patterns.


The first step of the investigation is the collection of maps and aerial photos to analyze.[5] This can provide information about potential sinkholes, landslides, erosion, etc. Maps can provide information on the rock type of the site, geological structure, and boundaries between bedrock units.[5]


Creating a borehole is a technique that consists of drilling through the ground in various areas at various depths, to get a better understanding of the sites geology.[5] Boreholes must be spaced properly from one another and drilled deep enough to provide accurate information for the geological model.[5] Samples from the borehole are investigated and factors such as rock type, degree of weathering, and types of discontinuities are all recorded. [5]


Testing the properties of a rock is essential to understand how stable or unstable it is.[2] Rock mechanics involves 3 categories of testing methods; tests on intact rocks, discontinuities, and rock masses.[6]


Two direct methods of testing that can be done are laboratory tests and in-situ tests. There are also indirect methods of testing which involve correlations and estimations that are obtained by analyzing field observations.[6] The data these testing methods provide are crucial for the design, structure and research of rock mechanics and rock engineering.[6]


Intact rocks and discontinuities can be tested in the laboratory through running small-scale experiments to gather empirical data, however rock masses require some larger-scale field measurements rather than laboratory work due to their more complex nature.[6]


Laboratory tests provide both classification and characterization of the rock as well as a determination of what rock properties will be used in the engineering design.[6] Examples of some of these laboratory tests include; sound velocity tests, hardness tests, creep tests, and tensile strength tests.[6] In-situ tests, which is when the rock being studied is subjected to a heavy load and then being watched to see if it deforms, provides an insight into what impacts a rock masses' strength and stability.[6]


Understanding the strength of a rock mass is difficult but necessary for ensuring the safety of anything built on or around it, and it all depends on different factors the rock mass faces, such as the environmental conditions, size of the mass, and how discontinued it might be.[7]


Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering publishes original research on the experimental and theoretical aspects of rock mechanics, including laboratory and field testing, computational methods, design principles and site investigation. Coverage also includes case histories on design and construction of structures in rock and review papers.The journal maintains the strong link between engineering geology and rock engineering. It provides a bridge between fundamental developments and practical applications such as underground openings, large dam foundations, rock slopes.Specific topics also include but are not restricted to energy related rock mechanics, petroleum engineering, geothermal systems, energy storage, greenhouse gas sequestration, and waste disposal.


Key features of this set are that it provides a systematic, global summary of new developments in rock mechanics and rock engineering practices as well as looking ahead to future developments in the fields. Contributors are worldrenowned experts in the fields of rock mechanics and rock engineering, though younger, talented researchers have also been included. The individual volumes cover an extremely wide array of topics grouped under five overarching themes: Principles (Vol. 1), Laboratory and Field Testing (Vol. 2), Analysis, Modelling and Design (Vol. 3), Excavation, Support and Monitoring (Vol. 4) and Surface and Underground Projects (Vol. 5).


This multi-volume work sets a new standard for rock mechanics and engineering compendia and will be the go-to resource for all engineering professionals and academics involved in rock mechanics and engineering for years to come.


Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology in Volcanic Fields includes keynote lectures and papers from the 5th International Workshop on Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology in Volcanic Fields (RMEGV2021, Fukuoka, Japan, 9-10 September 2021). This book deals with challenging studies related to solving engineering issues around volcanic fields, including:


Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology in Volcanic Fields is of great interest to civil engineers and engineering geologists working in the areas of rock and soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geothermal energy, engineering geology, and environmental science.


The professors that specialize in rock mechanics within the Mining + Geomechanics Research Group at the Department of Civil Engineering have a wide array of specific interests that often blend seamlessly with other topics in the group.


Some of the current research interests include mechanics and geometry of fractured rock masses, engineering design of rock masses, laboratory study of dynamic earthquake ruptures, dynamic friction, mode I and mixed mode spontaneous fractures, dynamic response of materials under elevated temperature, failure analysis of composites, mechanical properties of multi-phase granular materials, nano-adhesion of bio-inspired materials, and smart materials for sensor technology.


The program is shaped by industry leaders to offer a relevant, rigorous exploration of advanced concepts in geological engineering. The curriculum is presented through interactive learning materials and projects, which makes the program a convenient means of professional development for those working full-time.


The University of Arizona is the place of choice for students looking to make a career of mining engineering. Arizona is the home to some of the biggest mines in the world. And international companies such as Caterpillar, Hexagon Mining and Freeport-MacMoRan are headquartered in Tucson.


Pre-requisites Needed for Graduate Admission: The background coursework we look for is 3 semesters of calculus (for some emphasis areas differential equations is required), 1-2 semesters of physics (depending on the emphasis area), statics (for some emphasis areas strength of materials and mechanics of fluids), and a basic understanding of geologic principles. For those entering Mining Engineering from another discipline, we have developed a course to cover these pre-requisites. This 'bridge course' may be a required to be taken in your first semester and will apply for up to 3 units on your plan of study.


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The objective of this paper is to summarize briefly the practical use of rock mechanics in design and construction of various types of structures. These range from foundation for industrial facilities, nuclear power plants, bridges and dams to tunnels and underground caverns. The use of rock mechanics has varied from performing a few laboratory unconfined compressive tests on core samples to complete field and laboratory tests for underground power caverns.


The primary difference between the rock mechanics studies we have for construction projects and those most commonly found in the literature is that our tests must provide immediate answers to specific questions facing a design or construction engineer. For example, when we make a plate-bearing test we arrive at a load-deformation relationship. We realize that this is not a true modulus of elasticity. Yet, when considering the resistance the rock will provide against forces occurring in a pressure tunnel it is a far more useful value than the true modulus of elasticity of the rock.


Another example of this difference in interest is in the use of fiat jacks. Many people criticize the use of fiat jacks because they measure the stresses in the disturbed zone very near the surface and do not represent the undisturbed stress condition in the rock. However, in actual construction it is frequently those near-surface stresses with which we must cope. We are interested in both the stress conditions present prior to excavation and those as modified by construction of an exploratory adit or drift. Fundamentally, we are-interested in the practical application of rock mechanics in the solution of problems of design and construction of civil engineering works. 041b061a72


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