MINE4404 Rock Mechanics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit focuses on the fracture and deformation of rocks, rock joints and rock masses; the scale effect in rock strength; failure associated with underground and surface excavations; foundations on rock; dynamics; rock breakage and comminution; and regional stability and local stability issues for underground mines, rock bursts and mine fill. It also includes slope stability principles and applications in weathered and jointed rock. Students use simple mathematical models and mathematical software (Excel, Mathcad) for the evaluation of mining-induced stress concentrations and estimate the stability of simple rock engineering structures.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy skills (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (2) write effectively and professionally for the discipline; (3) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (4) demonstrate problem-solving and logical thinking skills; (5) describe stereo-nets; (6) explain the mechanical behaviour and mechanisms of deformation and failure of rocks and rock masses; (7) explain the mechanics of basic rock breakage methods; and (8) explain the nature and methods of determination of in situ stress fields.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories (group); and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Arcady Dyskin and Professor Phil Dight
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics, CIVL2122 Geomechanics
or
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics, ENSC3009 Geomechanics
and
ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
Incompatibility:
MINE3160 Rock Mechanics and Rock Slopes
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