Course Title: Rock Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Rock Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1105

City Campus

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Spring2016

CIVE1105

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1264

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFMay2021 (VC10)

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Gang Ren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2409

Course Coordinator Email: gang.ren@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.27

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The required prior study for this course is:

Students must have completed or received exemption for the prerequisite course: (CIVE1178, Geotechnical Engineering 1) before being eligible to enrol in this course.


Course Description

Rock Mechanics deals with the behaviour of rocks under the influence of loading or unloading. The engineering principles are applied to the design of rock structures, such as tunnels, underground caverns and rock slopes. After an introduction to the engineering properties of rock, as a substance and in mass, the initial part of the course will concentrate on the use of analytical and mathematical tools in describing rock mass properties and stress fields. You will learn rock strength testing, rock mass classification and the application of the principles to rock engineering designs. Specific applications in rock excavation, tunnelling and slope stability assessment will be introduced as projects, class exercises and assignments. The aims of this course are to learn about the mechanical behaviour of rock and rock masses, the engineering properties of rock and techniques for the classification of rock masses and analysis of rock structures. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure (Honours):

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Critically review rock mechanics principles and methods and their applications to engineering practices.

2. Measure the physical characteristics of rock masses, including the engineering description of rocks, discontinuities and rock mass; the strength of rock substance, defects and rock mass; laboratory testing of rock, data presentation.

3.  Analyse stresses under gravitational and imposed loads for rock engineering applications.

4.  Predict the response of rock masses to loading (and unloading).

5.  Classify rock masses for engineering applications, such as tunnel design and construction.

6. Analyse rock slope stability and foundations on rock.

7. Apply established engineering practices to design foundations considering strength, long and short-term settlement, deformation, and safety. 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn the concepts and applications of principles of rock mechanics through a series of lectures and tutorial classes and a laboratory session. Assessments are completed individually for lab report and project assignment. The course is supported by the Canvas online learning management system.


Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text, recommended references and a learning package will be used as required. Further, access to computers, simulation programs and Geomechanics Laboratory resources will be provided during the course.


Overview of Assessment

The course will have three assessment tasks which are designed aligning with the expected outcomes of the course: a laboratory test report; a major project assignment and the final assessment. Details of each assessment are given below.

Note that: ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Rock point -load testing and reporting
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 2.
For this assignment you will be required to carry out: Literature reviews on point-load testing, procedures and interpretation. Reporting on the rock strength characteristics based the point-load test results.

Assessment Task 2: Major Project Assignment for a Tunnelling Project
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLO 3,4 & 5.
The objective of this assignment is to use the knowledge and skills that you have acquired from the course to solve engineering problems and provide professional advice in relation to a tunnel design and construction.

Assessment 3: End of semester assignment (online, 24 hours)
Weighting 30% This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 6