Summary

This course advances geomechanics knowledge, focusing on lab tests, in situ & geophysical investigations for interpreting geotechnical projects. Practical modules cover rock physics, mechanics, borehole & subsurface geophysics.

Content

Keywords

Experimental rock mechanics, physics, laboratory test

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Géologie (CIVIL-211) ; Mécanique des sols et écoulements souterrains (CIVIL-203), Mécanique des roches et ouvrages souterrains (CIIVIL-308), Ouvrages géotechniques (CIVIL-306)

Recommended courses

Mécanique des milieux continus (CIVIL-225)

Important concepts to start the course

Genesis and nature of dominant geological formations. Force, tension, stress, strain, pressure, mean/deviatoric/differential stress, total and effective stress, pore pressure, flow, hydraulic potential and fluid pressure. Fracture criteria (Mohr coulomb, Hoek and Brown, Griffith), inhomogeneity, anisotropy, alteration. Elasticity theory. Shear strength of joints.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Characterize the mechanical and physical properties of rocks, factures, faults and rock masses.
  • Plan standard and state of the art rock mechanics and physics laboratory and in situ tests and apply them to large scale geothechnical projects.
  • Solve problems using cross-disciplinary approaches, in particular using their knowledge in engineering geology, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics.

Teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory tests, class exercises, assignments. The course is evaluated by a reference group

Assessment methods

Office hours : no

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Rock mass characterization for engineering design
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Rock mass characterization for engineering design
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14GCA1416GCA1416   
14-15   
15-16    
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Monday, 13h - 16h: Lecture GCA1416

Tuesday, 13h - 15h: Exercise, TP GCA1416

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