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Practical Rock Mechanics.

Author: Steve Hencher
Publisher: Boca Raton : Chapman and Hall/CRC, 2015.
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"Practical Rock Mechanics provides an introduction for graduate students as well as a reference guide for practising engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers. The book considers fundamental geological processes that give rise to the nature of rock masses and control their mechanical behaviour. Stresses in the earth's crust are discussed and methods of measurement and prediction explained. Ways to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hencher, Steve.
Practical Rock Mechanics.
Boca Raton : Chapman and Hall/CRC, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Hencher
ISBN: 9781482217278 1482217279
OCLC Number: 1031966774
Notes: 4.6.1 Unconfined conditions.
Description: 1 online resource (371 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Specific permissions; Author; Chapter 1: Introduction to rock mechanics; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Differentiating between soil and rock; 1.3 Mechanics of failure; 1.4 Classification of intact rock; 1.5 Compressive strength of weak rock; 1.6 Origins of shear strength in intact rock; 1.7 Shear strength parameters for the sample in Figure 1.3; 1.8 Stability of a cut slope in weak rock; 1.9 Discontinuities in rock masses; 1.9.1 Introduction and relationship to geological history; 1.9.2 Fracture development; 1.9.3 Joints; 1.9.4 Faults. 1.10 The importance of discontinuities to stability1.11 Early lessons and the relevance of rock mechanics; 1.12 Application of rock mechanics; 1.13 History of the subject area; 1.14 Rock mechanics as a scientific discipline; 1.15 Load changes; Chapter 2: Fundamental mechanics; 2.1 Definitions; 2.1.1 Force and load; 2.1.2 Stress; 2.1.3 Stress transformation; 2.2 Mohr circle representation of stress state; 2.3 Stress concentration in underground openings; 2.4 Stresses below foundations; 2.5 Effective stress; 2.6 Rock deformation and behaviour; 2.6.1 Elastic behaviour and Young's modulus. 2.6.2 Rock behaviour2.7 Direct shear; 2.8 Simple shear and associated rock structures; 2.9 Surface features on rock fractures; 2.10 Conclusions to this section; Chapter 3: Geological processes and the nature of rock masses; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Earth stresses; 3.2.1 Plate tectonics; 3.2.2 Earth stresses: Prediction, measurement and significance to engineering projects; 3.2.3 Measurement of stress; 3.3 Faults; 3.3.1 Significance of faults to ground engineering; 3.3.2 General; 3.3.3 Normal faults; 3.3.4 Thrust faulting; 3.3.5 Reverse faults and inversion tectonics; 3.3.6 Strike-slip faults. 3.3.7 Fault rocks3.3.8 Earthquake occurrence and prediction; 3.4 Folding; 3.5 Rock textures, fabrics and effect on properties; 3.5.1 Introduction; 3.5.2 Cooling of igneous rock; 3.5.3 Sedimentary rock; 3.5.4 Metamorphic rock; 3.5.5 Hydrothermal alteration; 3.5.6 Weathering; 3.6 Rock joints and other discontinuities; 3.6.1 Introduction; 3.6.2 Need for a change of approach and increased geological input in characterising fracture networks; 3.6.3 Starting point for dealing with rock discontinuities; 3.6.4 Primary joints; 3.6.5 Secondary, tectonic joints; 3.6.6 Tertiary joints. 3.6.7 Joint development in geological and engineering time3.6.8 Shape and extent of joints; 3.7 Major geological structures; 3.7.1 Evidence from the past; 3.7.2 Evidence in the present; 3.7.3 Faster changes; Chapter 4: Hydrogeology of rock masses; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Fundamental concepts and definitions; 4.2.1 Porosity; 4.3 Hydraulic conductivity and permeability; 4.4 Measuring hydraulic conductivity; 4.4.1 Difficulties; 4.4.2 Water tests in boreholes; 4.4.3 Lugeon testing; 4.4.4 Pumping tests; 4.5 Typical parameters; 4.6 Unconfined and confined aquifers and storage.

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"Practical Rock Mechanics provides an introduction for graduate students as well as a reference guide for practising engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers. The book considers fundamental geological processes that give rise to the nature of rock masses and control their mechanical behaviour. Stresses in the earth's crust are discussed and methods of measurement and prediction explained. Ways to investigate, describe, test and characterise rocks in the laboratory and at project scale are reviewed. The application of rock mechanics principles to the design of engineering structures including tunnels, foundations and slopes is addressed. The book is illustrated throughout with simple figures and photgraphs, and important concepts are illustrated by modern case examples. Mathematical equations are kept to the minimum necessary and are explained fully - the book leans towards practice rather than theory"--Back cover.

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