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Applied geomechanics

01RKVNF

A.A. 2020/21

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Ingegneria Per L'Ambiente E Il Territorio - Torino

Borrow

01RWGNW

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 48
Esercitazioni in aula 12
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Oggeri Claudio Professore Associato ING-IND/28 48 12 0 0 7
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/28 6 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria per l'ambiente e il territorio
2020/21
The course represents a link between the rock mechanics fundamentals and the rock engineering application. The course is based on the characterisation of rock materials and masses and on the solution of some typical conditions for surface-underground excavations, while the monitoring of natural - artificial structures is presented as a part of the design methodology in geomechanics. The content of the lessons represents a useful basis for other engineering oriented courses such as Tunnelling, Rock and soil reinforcing, Mining methods, Underground excavations, Landslides and slope stability.
The course represents a link between the rock mechanics fundamentals and the rock engineering application. The course is based on the characterisation of rock materials and masses and on the solution of some typical conditions for surface-underground excavations, while the monitoring of natural - artificial structures is presented as a part of the design methodology in geomechanics. The content of the lessons represents a useful basis for other engineering oriented courses such as Tunnelling, Rock and soil reinforcing, Mining methods, Underground excavations, Landslides and slope stability.
The student will be able to define and obtain the main geomechanical properties of a rock material and of a rock mass as well. These elements contribute to understand the behavior of rock masses and materials: behaviour and technology are fundamental for the solution of the practical problems in the geoengineering field, aspect that is also developed in the course. The main competence for the student will therefore be related to stability assessment in the excavation engineering problems.
The student will be able to define and obtain the main geomechanical properties of a rock material and of a rock mass as well. These elements contribute to understand the behavior of rock masses and materials: behaviour and technology are fundamental for the solution of the practical problems in the geoengineering field, aspect that is also developed in the course. The main competence for the student will therefore be related to stability assessment in the excavation engineering problems.
Basic knowledge of physics, mechanics and applied geology.
Basic knowledge of physics, mechanics and applied geology.
Fundamentals of elasticity in rock mechanics; stress and strain. Rock materials and rock masses. Geotechnical characterization in lab and in field. Strength criteria and behavior of rock materials. Geotechnical characterization of natural formations and behaviour of rock masses; geomechanical classifications. Design methods in rock engineering. Stereographic projections. Analyses of some basic geotechnical problems, such as the stability of underground excavation, surface excavation, application of limit equilibrium method, remedial works, mining problems, in order to focus and understand the theory. Monitoring issues for rock engineering. Classworks.
Fundamentals of elasticity in rock mechanics; stress and strain. Rock materials and rock masses. Geotechnical characterization in lab and in field. Strength criteria and behavior of rock materials. Geotechnical characterization of natural formations and behaviour of rock masses; geomechanical classifications. Design methods in rock engineering. Stereographic projections. Analyses of some basic geotechnical problems, such as the stability of underground excavation, surface excavation, application of limit equilibrium method, remedial works, mining problems, in order to focus and understand the theory. Monitoring issues for rock engineering. Classworks.
The course is based on lessons and worked examples during classworks. Some lab experience will be carried out in order to provide some ability in practical testing operations.
The course is based on lessons and worked examples during classworks. Some lab experience will be carried out in order to provide some ability in practical testing operations.
The presentations of the lessons are loaded on the website and they follow the program. Class notes taken directly during lessons are fundamental for the student. Reference textbooks are presented (and available in the DIATI library) for details. Among the others: Hoek E. Practical Rock Engineering, Rocscience; Brady B.H.G. Brown E.T. Rock Mechanics for Underground Mining.
The presentations of the various lessons are loaded on the website and they follow the program; they can be downloaded for free. Class notes taken directly during lessons are fundamental for the student. Detailed reference textbooks, among the others, that cover the program are the following (they are available in the DIATI library): Hoek E. Practical Rock Engineering, Rocscience; Brady B.H.G. Brown E.T. Rock Mechanics for Underground Mining. Links to scientific boards websites are uploaded on the Portale della Didattica for continuous and updated knowledge .
Modalità di esame: Prova orale obbligatoria; Prova scritta su carta con videosorveglianza dei docenti;
The exam follows modes a) and b) as indicated by Politecnico for online exams. The exam is oral, with about 3 questions regarding all the program of the course. In addition there will be a written exercise, live, regarding the stress- strain analysis of rock materials, the limite equilibrium method and the geostructural projections. Timing about 30-40 min. Each part is contributing to the final score in the same way (final vote from 18/30 to 30/30 +L). Self verifications carried out during the course will help the students to understand the questions.
Exam: Compulsory oral exam; Paper-based written test with video surveillance of the teaching staff;
The online exam is oral, as indicated by Politecnico for this option of exams. Objective of the exam: this exam is intended to evaluate the ability of the student to solve analytic exercises in geomechanics, and to evaluate the knowledge in theoretical background. The reference by the student to practical examples is also appreciated, considering that this is an engineering course! No didactical material can be used during this exam. At the beginning of the exam there will be a written exercise, to be solved live, regarding the stress- strain analysis of rock materials, the limite equilibrium method and the geostructural projections. Then the oral questions (2-3) regarding all the program of the course: for example a question on failure criteria, on rock mass classification, on the redistribution of stresses around an underground opening, monitoring issues, excavation for mining purposes. Timing about 30-40 min. Each part is contributing to the final score in the same way and proportion. Final mark range is from 18/30, which is obviously the minimum to pass the exam, to 30/30 +L. Self verifications proposed and carried out during the course session will help the students to understand the questions and appreciated.
Modalità di esame: Prova scritta (in aula); Prova orale obbligatoria; Prova scritta su carta con videosorveglianza dei docenti;
The exam follows modes a) and b) as indicated by Politecnico for online exams. The exam is oral, with about 3 questions regarding all the program of the course. In addition there will be a written exercise, live, regarding the stress- strain analysis of rock materials, the limite equilibrium method and the geostructural projections. Timing about 30-40 min. Each part is contributing to the final score in the same way (final vote from 18/30 to 30/30 +L). Self verifications carried out during the course will help the students to understand the questions.
Exam: Written test; Compulsory oral exam; Paper-based written test with video surveillance of the teaching staff;
The exam is oral, also in blended option, as indicated by Politecnico for online/onsite exams. Objective of the exam: this exam is intended to evaluate the ability of the student to solve analytic exercises in geomechanics, and to evaluate the knowledge in theoretical background. The reference by the student to practical examples is also appreciated, considering that this is an engineering course! No didactical material can be used during th exam. At the beginning of the exam there will be a written exercise, to be solved live, regarding the stress- strain analysis of rock materials, the limite equilibrium method and the geostructural projections. Then the oral questions (2-3) regarding all the program of the course: for example a question on failure criteria, on rock mass classification, on the redistribution of stresses around an underground opening, monitoring issues, excavation for mining purposes. Timing about 30-40 min. Each part is contributing to the final score in the same way and proportion. Final mark range is from 18/30, which is obviously the minimum to pass the exam, to 30/30 +L. Self verifications proposed and carried out during the course session will help the students to understand the questions and appreciated.
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