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This course focuses on description and representation of a rock mass, stress and strain in a rock mass and deformation and failure of a rock mass. These are applied to rock slope stability analysis and design of underground excavations.
The ENGE412 course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of rock mechanics and rock engineering. Concepts covered in the course include: stress and strain, strength and deformation of intact rocks through to rock masses, induced and in situ stresses, rock mass characterisation, slope stability analysis, ground behaviour models, excavation and stabilisation methods. The course is multi-faceted involving rock strength testing (laboratory and field), rock mass data collection in the field, data analysis based on numerical models and application of design methods for rock mass stabilization.
A student completing this course will be able to:1. Apply concepts of stress, strain, elasticity and plasticity to intact rock and rock masses.2. Collect rock mechanics data in the field, combine it with laboratory test data and assess the stability of excavations in rock.3. Determine likely rock mass behaviours under different excavation and loading conditions and propose mitigation solutions.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
(1) ENCN353 or (2) MATH101 or MATH102 or MATH103 and (3) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Prerequisites: 15 points of 100-level MATH
Domestic fee $1,084.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
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