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ISRM Book Series

About the Series

The ISRM Book Series comprises significant scientific publications in rock mechanics and related disciplines. The aim of the Series is to promote the scientific output of ISRM (International Society for Rock Mechanics).

The Series will be published on a regular basis, according to the emergence of noteworthy scientific developments. Each volume in the Series is prepared independently and focuses on a topical theme. Volumes are published on an occasional basis, and include high quality scientific contributions that have not been published elsewhere before. Contributions will be rigorously peer-reviewed by experts in the field, ensuring strong scientific standards, and are expected to be leading in rock mechanics and related disciplines.  The Series may include edited volumes, textbooks, reference works and books on advanced scientific topics. ISRM members benefit from a 30% discount on ISRM Book Series volume purchases. Volumes can be ordered via

- Rock and rock mass characterization
- Field and Laboratory testing methods in rock mechanics and rock engineering
- Crustal stresses and earthquakes
- Rock dynamics
- Rock mechanics modelling
- Rock engineering design of foundations, slopes, open pit and underground excavations, tunnels and caverns, and other types of works
- Coupling thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical processes in rocks, etc.
- Petroleum Geomechanics
- Preservation of ancient stone monuments

The expected readers of the book are all those involved in rock mechanics and rock engineering activities, in the fields of civil, mining and petroleum engineering, and engineering geology. This includes professionals working in field and laboratory testing, modelling of rock structures, rock engineering design or petroleum geomechanics. The ISRM book series will also be of interest to scientists, researchers and post-graduate students carrying out their investigations in rock mechanics.

The Initial Editorial Board during the establishment of the ISRM Book Series (i.e. the current ISRM Board—which will change for the period 2015–2019):

Prof. Xia-Ting Feng, China
Dr. Eda Freitas de Quadros, Brazil
Mr. Jacques Lucas, South Africa
Dr. Yingxin Zhou, Singapore
Dr. David Beck, Australia
Prof. Frederic Pellet, France
Dr. John Tinucci, USA
Dr. Antonio Samaniego, Peru
Prof. Yuzo Ohnishi, Japan
Prof. Ivan Vrkljan, Croatia
Dr. Manoj Verman, India
Dr. Luís Lamas, Portugal

6 Series Titles

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Rock Reinforcement and Rock Support

Rock Reinforcement and Rock Support

Ömer Aydan
January 08, 2018

The stability of underground and surface geotechnical structures during and after excavation is of great concern as any kind of instability may result in damage to the environment as well as time-consuming high cost repair work. The forms of instability, their mechanisms and the conditions...

Back Analysis in Rock Engineering

Back Analysis in Rock Engineering

Shunsuke Sakurai
August 17, 2017

This book provides practicing engineers working in the field of design, construction and monitoring of rock structures such as tunnels and slopes with technical information on how to design, how to excavate and how to monitor the structures during their construction. Based on the long-term...

Discontinuous Deformation Analysis in Rock Mechanics Practice

Discontinuous Deformation Analysis in Rock Mechanics Practice

Yossef H. Hatzor, Guowei Ma, Gen-hua Shi
July 27, 2017

The numerical, discrete element, Discontinuous Deformation Analysis (DDA) method was developed by Dr. Gen-hua Shi while he was working at the University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Prof. Richard E. Goodman in the late 1980s. Two-dimensional DDA was published in 1993 and...

Rock Dynamics

Rock Dynamics

Omer Aydan
May 23, 2017

Rock dynamics has become one of the most important topics in the field of rock mechanics and rock engineering. The spectrum of rock dynamics is very wide and it includes the failure of rocks, rock masses and rock engineering structures such as rockbursting, spalling, popping, collapse, toppling,...

Time-Dependency in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

Time-Dependency in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

Ömer Aydan
December 12, 2016

This book is concerned with time-dependency in rock mechanics and rock engineering, whose spectrum is very wide. While the term “time-dependency” involves time-dependent behavior/rate-dependent behavior of rocks in a conventional sense, this books attempts to cover the spectrum as much as possible...

Rock Engineering Risk

Rock Engineering Risk

John A. Hudson, Xia-Ting Feng
May 05, 2015

This book provides a new, necessary and valuable approach to the consideration of risk in underground engineering projects constructed within rock masses. There are Chapters on uncertainty and risk, rock engineering systems, rock fractures and rock stress, the design of a repository for radioactive...

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