Kemeny, John M. Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Last reviewed:December 2019
- Intact rock, discontinuities and rock mass
- Rock-mass characterization and classification
- Stress and strain
- Strength of intact rock
- Strength of discontinuities
- Strength of rock mass
- In-situ stress
- Induced stresses around underground excavations
- Supporting unstable rock masses
- Modern technologies and research
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The scientific discipline that deals with understanding how rocks deform and fail due to natural and human-induced forces at scales ranging from micrometers to kilometers. Rock mechanics is also the engineering discipline for designing and stabilizing underground and surface excavations and rock foundations.
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