ISBN 13: 9780080419121


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Engineering rock mechanics is the discipline used to design structures built in rock. These structures encompass building foundations, dams, slopes, shafts, tunnels, caverns, hydroelectric schemes, mines, radioactive waste respositories and geothermal energy projects: in short, any structure built on or in a rock mass. Despite the variety of projects that use rock engineering, the principles remain the same. "Engineering Rock Mechanics" clearly and systematically explains the key principles behind rock engineering. The book covers the basic rock mechanics principles; how to study the interactions between these principles and a discussion on the fundamentals of excavation and support and the application of these in the design of surface and underground structures. "Engineering Rock Mechanics" is recommended as an across-the-board source of information for the benefit of anyone involved in rock mechanics and rock engineering. The book particularly strives to provide a deep understanding of all the key subjects to create an essential reference tool.

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1998 It is apposite that this book starts with a question and ends with an instruction, for although it is, above all, an educational experience, it also provides an original and open-minded view of the subject...Their overall aim is to develop a better understanding of the principles of and the links between the diverse processes underlying rock engineering. The preface tells us that the book is based on the integrated engineering rock mechanics course at Imperial College, with the first 13 chapters covering rock mechanics, chapter 14, the concept of rock engineering systems developed by John Hudson and the final six chapters, the design of engineering structures in rock.... There are two appendices, on stress and strain analysis and on stereographic projections.... The philosophy of this book...will make it a valuable adjunct, not just to students, but to anyone working in rock. It is a reasonable test of a good teacher or a good text that they explain complex concepts simply. The book passes that test cum laude. -- I.W. Farmer, Engineering Geology

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