FAF3602 Theoretical Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Teoretisk bergmekanik

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course gives a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts of rock engineering design, focusing on tunnel stability. The course covers advanced application of

  • the ground reaction curve concept with elasto-plastic and time dependent material models,
  • analysis methods for development of deformations due to the advancing face and the detailed support response of grouted dowels and shotcrete linings,
  • application of the ground reaction curve concept in combination with the observational method,
  • arching stability of blocky rock masses and design of rock support for these types of failure modes.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Analyse different types of rock support with the ground reaction curve concept, both with respect to deformations, excavations sequences and the time dependent development of shotcrete strength.
  • Apply the observational method on tunnel design in combination with the ground reaction curve.
  • Analyse and design support for arching stability in blocky rock masses.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Master of Science in civil engineering or similar, with at least one basic course in rock mechanics.

Recommended prerequisites

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The course literature is announced at the beginning of each course round.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project work, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The project work shall be presented both orally and as a written report.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Fredrik Johansson

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ABE/Soil- and Rock Mechanics

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Fredrik Johansson (fredrik.johansson@byv.kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Soil- and Rock Mechanics