872311 Rock mechanics

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


In the framework of this course theories and concepts of rock mechanics will be presented and elaborated by means of examples concerning slope stability, in-situ stress, intact rock and rock mass deformation and failure, as well as analysis of laboratory and field tests.
•Intact rock and rock mass
•Force and stress (fundamentals)
•Displacement and strain
•In-situ stress (primary and secondary stress)
•Measurement of In-situ stress
•Groundwater flow and pore pressure distribution in fractured rock masses
•Intact rock and rock mass deformability
•Rock and rock mass strength, failure criteria’s
•Laboratory and In-situ testing of intact rock and rock masses
•Geological discontinuities
•Rock mass characterization and classification
•Selected case studies

Previous knowledge expected

Basics in geology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•To gain an insight into the field of rock mechanics
•Understanding of fundamentals about stress and strain
•Understanding of rock mechanical processes and mechanism (deformability and failure)
•Knowledge of rock mechanical laboratory and field tests
•Insight into rock and rock mass characterisation (site characterisation)
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.