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MINE4404 Rock Mechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Professor Arcady Dyskin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics, ENSC3009 Geomechanics and ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (formerly Resource Extraction Technologies)
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