Rock Mechanics I

Course Information
TitleΒΡΑΧΟΜΗΧΑΝΙΚΗ Ι / Rock Mechanics I
SchoolCivil Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID20000138

Programme of Study: PPS TMĪMATOS POLITIKŌN MĪCΗANIKŌN (2018-2019)

Registered students: 73
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Division of Structural EngineeringElective Courses844
Division of Hydraulics and Environmental EngineeringElective Courses844
Division of Geotechnical EngineeringCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)844
Division of Transport and Project ManagementElective Courses844

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
1. ΤΓ1800Ilias Bakasis, Agoro Dimadi, Styliani Manolopoulou-Papaliagka
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
• Understanding the principles of continuum and discontinuum mechanics • Learning the principle Rock failure criteria • Understanding the use of numerical methods for the analysis of discontinuum medium • Learning techniques to improve the engineering properties of rock mass and how to stabilize it • Learn how to specify and dimension the remedial measures
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to rock mechanics. Rock materials - structural discontinuities – rock mass. Importance of discontinuities on mechanical behaviour of rock masses. Principles of continuum mechanics. Stresses and strain on plane and in space (tensors, transformations). Hooke’s law. Natural stress state and in-situ measurement techniques. Mechanical behaviour of isotropic and anisotropic rock materials. Rock failure criteria (Tresca, Von Mises, Coulomb, Griffith). Laboratory tests. Anisotropy of rock masses. Introduction to discontinuum mechanics. Engineering characterisation of discontinuities. Shear strength and stiffness behaviour. Shear strength criteria. Deformability and strength of rock masses: in-situ tests, scale effects, empirical models, computational methods. Hydraulic behaviour of rock masses – hydro-mechanical coupling. Design parameters in rock engineering design. Numerical analysis of the discontinuum based on the Distinct Element method. Improvement of engineering properties and stabilization of rock masses: grouting, bolts and anchors, shotcrete, drainage. Dimensioning and specification of remedial measures, construction quality control.
Rock Mechanics, Continuum and discontinuum medium, Rock failure criteria, Joint shear behavior, Numerical analyses
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
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