Objectives: to develop an understanding of the behaviour and design of engineering structures in rock masses. Outcomes: Students will have learnt how to classify and characterise rocks and rock masses for engineering purposes and developed an understanding of basic rock mechanics, etc. Syllabus summary: Introduction to rock mechanics and rock engineering. Index properties and engineering characterisation of rocks and rock masses. Planes of weakness in rock masses. Rock material strength and rock mass strength. Rock deformability. In situ stress conditions in rock masses. Underground openings. Rock slopes.
Project Work - in class, Laboratories
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Undergraduate geology and soil mechanics.