Design Analysis in Rock Mechanics, Second Edition

William G. Pariseau

September 29, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 698 Pages - 163 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415893398 - CAT# K13049

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  • Contains example problems and a selection of homework problems at the end of each chapter that reinforce design principles described in the text
  • Builds on a foundation of mechanics of materials that almost all undergraduate engineers study
  • Presents material suitable for a variety of engineering disciplines concerned with rock excavation, including civil, geological, and mining engineering
  • Combines design of surface and underground rock excavations for civil and mining engineering purposes and negates the need for two or more separate texts in any complete class on rock engineering
  • Offers a companion solution manual available for engineers engaged in self-study as well as for classroom instructors in a university setting
  • Uses both metric and imperial units
  • Digital solutions manual in pdf-format available from the Publishers (send email to upon course adoption


This comprehensive introduction to rock mechanics treats the basics of rock mechanics in a clear and straightforward manner and discusses important design problems in terms of the mechanics of materials. This extended second edition includes an additional chapter on rock bursts and bumps, a part on basic dynamics, and numerous additional examples and exercises throughout the chapters.

Developed for a complete class in rock engineering, Design Analysis in Rock Mechanics, Second Edition uniquely combines the design of surface and underground rock excavations and addresses:

  • Rock slope stability in surface excavations, from planar block and wedge slides to rotational and toppling failures
  • Shaft and tunnel stability, ranging from naturally supported openings to analysis and design of artificial support and reinforcement systems
  • Entries and pillars in stratified ground
  • Three-dimensional caverns, with an emphasis on cable bolting and backfill
  • Geometry and forces of chimney caving, combination support, and trough subsidence
  • Rock bursts and bumps in underground excavations, with a focus on dynamic phenomena and on fast and sometimes catastrophic failures

The numerous exercises and examples familiarize the reader with solving basic practical problems in rock mechanics through various design analysis techniques and their applications. Supporting the main text, appendices provide supplementary information about rock, joint, and composite properties, rock mass classification schemes, useful formulas, and an extensive literature list. The large selection of problems at the end of each chapter can be used for homework assignments.

Explanatory and illustrative in character, this volume is suited for courses in rock mechanics, rock engineering and geological engineering design for undergraduate and first-year graduate students in mining, civil engineering, and applied earth sciences. Moreover, it will form a good introduction to the subject of rock mechanics for earth scientists and engineers from other disciplines.