William S. Dershowitz
Special topics in civil and environmental engineering offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members.
Rock Mechanics I provides an introduction to the principles and practice of geomechanics for civil, environmental mining, and energy applications. The course provides an understanding of the theoretical basis for rock mechanics, including both continuum and discontinuum mechanics. The course also provides practical tools for estimation of rock properties, and for solution of engineering problems of rock deformation, rock strength, flow and transport. Applications are provided in geothermal and fossil energy, slopes, underground excavations, and contaminant transport.
Student learning goals
Principles of rock mechanics, including In situ stress analysis, Griffith Crack Theory, Hoek-Brown strength criteria, and discontinuum mechanics
Estimation of rock fracture and rock mass strength and deformation properties from site characterization activities
Fractured rock slope stability analysis
Stability and deformation of underground excavations
Principles of hydraulic fracturing
Use of essential rock mechanics tools, including stereonets, kinematic stability software, and deformation analysis.
General method of instruction
Lectures are combined with practical assignments and group projects.
Soil mechanics, basic geology.
Class assignments and grading
5 team projects, each requiring the use of one or more commercial geomechanics software packages, and a final, in-class group presentation.
similar weights to: 5 quizes, 5 assignments, 1 term project, and 1 final. Some adjustment based on class participation