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Design of Rock Constructions 7.5 credits

Dimensionering av bergkonstruktioner
Second cycle, T7002B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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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
After completing the course participants should be able to
1. explain linear-elastic and plastic material models and apply them in analytical and numerical (stability) analyzes of constructions in rock
2. select appropriate input data for analytical and numerical (stability) analyzes of constructions in rock
3. be able to perform linear elastic and plastic numerical analysis and be able to evaluate and explain results obtained
4. for different geological conditions select and calculate the appropriate ground support for constructions in rock
5. describe dynamic behaviors of rock masses as well as describe measurement and observation programs for different types of rock constructions and situations
6. present analyzes and results in writing and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that forms its basis 

The main topics covered in the course are:
• Introduction – Course layout, repetition of relevant content from previous course(s) in rock mechanics
• Non-elastic behaviour – Plastic and brittle failure of rock, how to model the material behaviour in numerical analyses
• Numerical methods – A short introduction to the theoretical background to different numerical methods; the different types of available numerical codes; an overview of how to carry out numerical analyses; learn to use a numerical application, how to apply it to rock mechanical problems, how to evaluate and interpret the results, and how to present numerical analyses and its results in writing.
• Rock support and reinforcement – support and reinforcement principles, types and action of common support/reinforcement elements/systems and when to apply them, ground reaction and support reaction characteristics, rock reinforcement using rock mass classification.
• Dynamic processes – General principles, stress waves, wave reflections, failure by dynamic processes, i.e. blasting, seismicity in mining, i.e. rockbursts
• Measurements and monitoring – Instrumentation and monitoring of slopes and underground constructions
• Destressing – A method to reduce stresses in highly stresses rock 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
This course includes teaching and learning activities such as:
• Lectures - They are a mix of several teaching/learning activities: (i) the lecturer will shortly explain the main theoretical aspects related to the content of the course and (ii) all together solving and/or discussing typical rock mechanical problems, thereby providing you an opportunity to practice applying your theoretical knowledge as well as practicing discussing. 
• Computer exercises - During these we work together in a computer room practicing different numerical applications. 
• Assignments - You work together with other students applying your knowledge to solve different problems. You present your work in written reports. You practice problem solving, conducting analytical and numerical analysis, and explaining your work in writing.
• Outside of lectures - You are expected to prepare before each lecture by working through the recommended material, recommended exercises and online quizzes so that you are prepared to contribute and participate in discussions during the lectures and computer exercises.  

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is assessed through:
• Written tests - Consists of questions testing your theoretical knowledge and understanding of certain rock mechanics aspects related to the content of the course.
• Assignments - Consist of problems where you practice and apply your theoretical knowledge, understanding, and abilities as well as conducting analyses and explaining your results in writing.  
• Written exam - You solve problems like those encountered during the course (in lectures and assignments) to test your individual knowledge, understanding, skill and abilities. 

Intended learning outcomes 2-6 is assessed through a written exam. Grading scale G/U 3 4 5
Intended learning outcomes 1-5 is assessed through the written tests. 
Intended learning outcomes 1-6 is assessed through the assignments. Grading G/U.

To be approved on the module required assignment, you must be approved on assignments as well as approved on written tests. 

Transition terms

Andreas Eitzenberger

Transition terms
The course T7002B is equal to ABM024

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Course compendium bought online directly from the organizer:

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

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

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 17 Feb 2021