The objective of this course is to give the students basic knowledge with respect to rock engineering design, including the determination of: (1) intact rock and rock mass mechanical properties, (2) rock mass strength, (3) stresses and deformations around excavations and (4) different types of failure mechanisms. After the course the students shall be able to:
Understand the fundamental differences between the rock mass and other types of man-made construction materials.
Identify various geological hazards.
Use different rock mass classifications systems.
Determine the mechanical properties of intact rock and rock masses.
Calculate stresses and deformations around underground openings.
Understand and calculate the interaction between the rock mass and the installed support.
Analyse typical stability problems in rock for tunneling, slopes and foundations.
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