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Syllabus for

Academic year
ACE140 - Rock mechanics
Bergmekanik
 
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-15 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 20 - ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English
Application code: 27114
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 60

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   27 Oct 2020 pm J   05 Jan 2021 pm J,  24 Aug 2021 am J
0219 Project 3,0c Grading: TH   3,0c    

In programs

MPSEB STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)
MPSEB STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPIEE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)
MPIEE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Eleni Gerolymatou

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc in Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Aim

The objective of the course is to provide understanding of the mechanical behavior of fractured and intact rock and the methods used to measure and predict its mechanical properties.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- describe the condition of rock mass
- explain the basic mechanical properties of rock and rock mass
- select suitable tests to determine the mechanical properties of rock and rock mass
- use different theoretical methods to assess the in situ stress state
- select suitable methods to measure the in situ stress state
- use simple criteria to assess the possibility of failure of rock
- evaluate the effect of fractures on the mechanical behavior of rock mass and account for fracture orientation as a factor affecting stability
- explain the basic principles concerning rock stability for tunnels and caverns
- select suitable methods for stabilization
- assess the significance of time effects, scale effects, anisotropy and fluid influence
- develop solutions to common problems in construction in rock mass

Content

The course includes an overview of the basic mechanics of intact rock and rock mass including fractures. The theoretical background linked to strength and stability is presented and explained. The experimental options for the determination of strength and stress state in situ and in the laboratory are discussed. Examples of applications are presented in the form of exercises in the class and home assignments.

Organisation

The course consists of lectures, in which smaller exercises are also incorporated. Tutorials are also offered. The group project consists of sub-projects. Sub-projects are submitted during the course and feedback is given on the sub-projects. At the end of the course, the sub-projects are put together into a complete report. This report is then graded.

Literature

1. B.H.G. Brady, E.T. Brown: Rock Mechanics for underground mining
2. J.A. Hudson, J.P. Harrisson: Engineering Rock Mechanics, an introduction to the principles

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination consists partly of the group project and partly of a written exam. The final grade consists by 34% of the group project and 66% of a written exam.


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