Applied Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Tillämpad bergmekanik
Second cycle, T7020B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2006-02-20 and is valid from H06.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 21 Apr 2020

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

Good knowledge in fundamentals of rock mechanics and in solid mechanics. Good knowledge in geology is desirable.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
This course will deepen your understanding and knowledge on theoretical and applied rock mechanics. You will apply analytical, empirical, and numerical methods of analysis on typical problems in rock mechanics. Special attention is given to the understanding of the action and dimensioning of natural and artificial construction elements, such as: roofs, walls, pillars and backfill. Analytical, empirical and numerical methods of analysis will be applied to problems.

The aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding in order to improve your approach when addressing real rock mechanic problems. After finishing the course you will have the knowledge and understanding to:
•    choose the appropriate analytical, empirical and/or numerical method to analyse a given problem,
•    formulate and carry out appropriate field tests and analyses required to study a given problem,
•    use the appropriate method to carry out advanced stability analyses of different rock constructions, such as pillars, large caverns and shafts, and
•    design appropriate rock support for a variety of rock constructions, including backfill.

The main topics covered in the course are:
•    Introduction – Course introduction, and some repetition of content from previous course in rock mechanics
•    Numerical analysis methods – Advanced numerical modelling technique (e.g. global-local modelling) will be introduced, which can help you simulate and understand the mechanical response of a real underground construction.
•    Pillars – Types of pillars, failure modes of pillars, design methods, calculation of pillar stress and strength, the global stability for room- and pillar layouts.
•    Stope and drift design – Evaluating the stability of large underground openings (i.e. stopes, laminated rock mass) and choosing support parameters by using Stability Graph Method and beam theory.
•    Shafts – Types of shafts, factors causing damages, failure mechanisms, methods to analyse the stability, methods to avoid and/or control/minimize damages.
•    Backfill – Properties of fill materials, strength and stability, the effect of backfilling with respect to stope stability.
•    Subsidence – Continuous and discontinuous subsidence, subsidence caused by different mining methods, methods to analyse and make prognosis, deformation measurements.
•    Guest lecturers – Presentation of current/ interesting case studies by rock mechanics engineers from civil engineering and mining companies.
•    Field trip – Apply your knowledge on actual problems in rock mechanics.

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.

Ping Zhang

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2009 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Anges senare

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Required assignmentU G#3.00MandatoryS11
0003Project assignmentG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryS21

Study guidance
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