Design of Rock Constructions 7.5 credits

Dimensionering av bergkonstruktioner
Second cycle, T7002B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Rock Engineering and Mineral Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Mining and Mineral Technology
Main field of study
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic rock mechanics, e.g. T0014B Fundamentals of Rock mechanics or T7001B Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, alternatively Q0038B Rock Mechanics I together with Q0028B Rock Mechanics 2, or equivalent knowledge.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
This course will enhance your knowledge in the area of rock mechanics concentrating on dimensioning, construction, follow up and control of underground constructions. The focus is on the design of rock reinforcement as well as stress and strain analysis using analytical and numerical methods. In addition, dynamic processes such as rock bursts and blasting are introduced as well as rock mass instrumentation and monitoring.

After completing the course you will be able to:
•    perform advanced stability analyses of rock constructions using analytical, empirical and/or numerical methods
•    carry out analyses to design appropriate rock support for a variety of rock conditions
You will also have knowledge and understanding about
•    dynamic processes in rock, e.g. stress waves, rock bursts and blasting
•    monitoring programs for a variety of rock constructions and situations

The main topics covered in the course are:
•    Introduction – Course introduction, and repetition of content from previous course in rock mechanics
•    Non-elastic behaviour – Plastic and brittle failure of rock, and how to model the material behaviour in strength analyses, damage mapping
•    Numerical methods – A short introduction to the theoretical background to different numerical methods, a review of the different types of available programs, and learning a numerical program applied to rock mechanical problems - exercises.
•    Dynamic processes – General principles, stress waves, frequency analysis, failure by dynamic processes, i.e. blasting, seismicity in mining, i.e. rockbursts
•    Rock support and reinforcement – Requirements on the support/reinforcement elements/systems, support and reinforcement principles, ground reaction and support reaction characteristics, types and action of different support elements, rock reinforcement using rock mass classification.
•    Measurements and monitoring – Instrumentation and monitoring of slopes and underground constructions
•    Destressing – A method to reduce stresses in highly stresses rock

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

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

Transition terms

Erling Nordlund

Transition terms
The course T7002B is equal to ABM024

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Stipulated later

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA07
0002Required assignmentU G#4.50MandatoryA07