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Rock Mechanics - An Introduction


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Fundamentals of engineering geology
Structure and composition of the Earth
Minerals and mineralogical analysis
Rock formations and types
Geological structures and discontinuities
Weathering of rocks and soil formation
Site investigation

Spherical presentation of geological data
Orientations of planes and lines
Coordinate system with longitudes and latitudes
Intersection of a plane and a sphere
Spherical projections
Slope failure mechanisms and kinematic analysis

Rock properties and laboratory testing
Engineering properties of intact rock
Uniaxial compressive strength test
Indirect tensile strength test
Point load strength test
Slake durability test
Schmidt hammer test
Triaxial test
Empirical correlations

Rock mass classification
Intact rock and rock mass
Factors affecting discontinuities
Rock mass classification
Rock mass rating
Tunnelling quality index: Q-system
Geological strength index

Strength and deformation characteristics of rocks
In situ stresses and strength
Stress-strain relations
Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion
Hoek-Brown failure criterion
Mohr-Coulomb c' and f ' for rock mass from the Hoek-Brown parameters
Deformation modulus
Strength of rock mass with a single plane of weakness

Rock slope stability
Modes of rock slope failure
Slope stability analysis
Slope stabilisation

Foundations on rock
Shallow foundations
Deep foundations
Foundation construction and treatment

Appendix A


About the Author

Dr. Nagaratnam Sivakugan is an associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. He received his MSCE and Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. Dr. Sivakugan is a fellow of Engineers Australia, a chartered professional engineer, and a registered professional engineer of Queensland. He does substantial consulting work for geotechnical and mining companies in Australia as well as some overseas organisations including the World Bank. Dr. Sivakugan serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Indian Geotechnical Journal. He is the coauthor of 3 books, 7 book chapters, 90 refereed international journal papers, and 60 international conference papers. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla is an associate professor and program leader of civil engineering at the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. He has more than 20 years of teaching, research, and consultancy experience in the field of geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering. Dr. Shukla has authored and edited 3 books and 12 book chapters, and 115 research papers and technical articles including 72 refereed journal publications. Currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Indian Geotechnical Journal, he is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a life fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Indian Geotechnical Society. Dr. Braja M. Das is the author of several geotechnical engineering texts and reference books, a number of which have been translated into several languages and are used worldwide. He has authored more than 250 technical papers in the area of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Das is a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as an emeritus member of the Committee on Chemical and Mechanical Stabilization of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council of the United States. From 1994 to 2006, he served as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento.


"These topics give an excellent introduction to the subject. ... very easy to follow ... A must for all those dealing with civil engineering."
-Prof. D.N. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

"The book has better coverage of topics relevant to rock engineering, good practical examples, [and it is] written by experts in the area."
-Professor G L Sivakumar Babu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

"I think the topics are very relevant for undergraduates ... . The topics cover basic rock mechanics and deal with subjects most important to practicing engineers. The content provides a good introduction to anyone who is planning to enter the profession. ... It is an excellent book, very useful for engineering undergraduates and graduates. The book is well written and easy to understand, and I am sure it would be a very popular textbook."
-Jay Ameratunga, Senior Principal, Coffey Geotechnics Pty Ltd, Newstead, Queensland, Australia

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