Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Introduktion till bergmekanik
First cycle, T0014B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2008-01-22 and is valid from H08.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 05 Nov 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Rock Engineering and Mineral Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Mining and Mineral Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and B0002B Structural engineering or corresponding course

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The objective of the course is to give an introduction to rock mechanics. Special interest is focused on stress, deformation, strength and stability.

Introduction (2%)
Structural geology (16%)
Geological structures. Formation, mechanical properties, consequences for rock construction.
Rock mechanics preinvestigation (13%)
Geological structures in rock and their significance from a rock mechanics perspective. Classification methods. Hemisperical projection.
Rock stress (21%)
Virgin stresses in the rock mass. Stresses around underground openings. Shallow and deep seated excavations are treated. Stress transformations.
Deformation and failure of rock (21%)
Constitutive laws. Failure mechanisms and failure criteria. Experimental methods to determine deformation and strength parameters.
Design and stability of underground constructions (14%)
Design methodology for underground excavations. Local and global stability. Effects of groundwater. Hemispherical projection methods are used to investigate the risk of critical blocks.
Design and stability of rock slopes (13%)
Theories for plane, wedge, circular and topling failure of slopes. Hemispherical projection methods are used to identify failure modes. Effects of groundwater and drainage. Design criteria for slopes.
Laboratory assignment
Determination of the deformation and strength parameters of intact rock and rock joints.
Field assignment
Joint mapping (tunnel mapping and line mapping) and geological mapping (identify rock types). Determination of JRC, JCS, Point load index and RQD. Rock mass classification using the RMR method. Statistical methods are used to find the major joint orientations.

The teaching consists of lectures, home assignments, laboratory assignments and a field assignment. The laboratory lessons, the field trip and the written tests are compulsory.

Written tests, home assignments, laboratory assignments, a field assignment and a final written examination with graded marks.

Transition terms

Erling Nordlund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Course compendium

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Required assignmentU G#4.50MandatoryA08
0003Written examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA14