Rock Mechanics: An Introduction

Nagaratnam Sivakugan, Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Braja M. Das

January 18, 2013 by CRC Press
Textbook - 254 Pages - 144 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415809238 - CAT# Y132930


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  • Covers the basics of rock mechanics, including background information on engineering geology
  • Uses a practical approach with worked examples and references to software
  • Includes end-of-chapter summaries and review exercises
  • Provides clear coverage of complex concepts including stereographic projections
  • Written by an experienced team comprised of successful teachers and book writers

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Rock mechanics is a multidisciplinary subject combining geology, geophysics, and engineering and applying the principles of mechanics to study the engineering behavior of the rock mass. With wide application, a solid grasp of this topic is invaluable to anyone studying or working in civil, mining, petroleum, and geological engineering. Rock Mechanics: An Introduction presents the fundamental principles of rock mechanics in a clear, easy-to-comprehend manner for readers with little or no background in this field.

The text includes a brief introduction to geology and covers stereographic projections, laboratory testing, strength and deformation of rock masses, slope stability, foundations, and more. The authors—academics who have written several books in geotechnical engineering—have used their extensive teaching experience to create this accessible textbook. They present complex material in a lucid and simple way with numerical examples to illustrate the concepts, providing an introductory book that can be used as a textbook in civil and geological engineering programs and as a general reference book for professional engineers.


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