Best Reference Books – Elements of Rock Mechanics

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Elements of Rock Mechanics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Elements of Rock Mechanics along with reviews.

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1. “Rock Mechanics (CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences)” by Leopold Müller and L Broili

“Rock Mechanics (CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences)” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. Teachers teaching this course can also use this book as reference. This book explains the fundamentals of materials and rock mechanics. It explains its uses with the economic world. Fracture theories are also explained in this book. Later, various systems are explained to compare rocks from various sources. Methods to test them are listed. Various case studies from the early 2000s are listed to get real applications. This book also explains about various other rock properties. It explains evaluations of rock systems. It explains problems with tunnels and slopes.

2. “Rock Mechanics: Theory and Applications with Case Histories” by Walter Wittke and Richard Sykes

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“Rock Mechanics: Theory and Applications with Case Histories” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. Teachers teaching this course can also use this book as reference. The book introduces the reader to the fundamentals of rock mechanics and to its application to economic construction in rock. Models describe the mechanical properties and the permeability of rock. Numerical methods for evaluating the stability of structures in rock are given to solve special problems related to tunnels, caverns, pressure tunnels, dam foundations and slopes. Methods for testing the rock mechanical properties are described. Many case histories are given in the book inorder to enable the reader to make use of the content in his or her own work.

3. “Applications of Finite Element Methods in Rock Mechanics” by Mitri Hani S and Abdellah Wael R

“Applications of Finite Element Methods in Rock Mechanics” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. M.Tech students under this subject and geologists also can use this book. This book explains fundamentals of the finite element method. It also explains the field of geotechnical engineering with emphasis on rock mechanics. Commercially available programs are also explained in this book. Creation of basic finite element code for the stress and deformation analysis of solid structures are explained later. This book covers several chapters like introduction to numerical methods and displacement Finite element method. Later, it explains equilibrium equations, elasticity relations and formulation procedure. Shape functions, stiffness matrix, load vector and mesh convergence are explained later. Isoparametric elements and numerical integration are explained at the end.

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4. “Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACOD” by Baotang Shen and Ove Stephansson

“Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes: A Fracture Mechanics Approach Using FRACOD” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. M.Tech students under this subject and geologists also can use this book. This book explains rock fracture mechanics and displacement discontinuity methods. Methods in this book are used for the modelling of geomechanical problems. FRACOD programs in this book are used to analyse the fracture problems. They help for assessing fracture initiation and propagation in tension and shear mode and mixed modes. The book also explains the fundamentals of thermomechanical coupling and hydromechanical coupling. It also explains formulations of multiple regional mechanical, thermal and hydraulic functions. The formulations in this book allow analyses of fracture mechanics problems for structures made of brittle, rock-like materials. Instructive examples of code verification and applications are explained at the end.

5. “Discontinuity Analysis for Rock Engineering” by S D Priest

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“Discontinuity Analysis for Rock Engineering” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. The book introduces the reader to the fundamentals of rock mechanics and to its analysis. Models describe the mechanical properties and the permeability of rock. This book contains 11 chapters in total. It starts with explaining discontinues. It later explains orientation and frequencies. Discontinuity spacing is explained at the end. Finally, it explains loading due to impounding and analysis of first filling.

6. “Boundary Element Methods in Solid Mechanics: With Applications in Rock Mechanics and Geological Engineering” by S L Crouch and A M Starfield

“Boundary Element Methods in Solid Mechanics: With Applications in Rock Mechanics and Geological Engineering” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. Teachers teaching this course can also use this book as reference. This book explains the boundary element technique with images. This book also includes listings of computer programs for 3 methods. It explains how a simple boundary element method is developed from the flamant solution. It also demonstrates the constructive connection between solutions to simple and complex problems. The direct and indirect methods for plane problems are also explained at the end of this book.

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7. “Fundamentals of Discrete Element Methods for Rock Engineering: Theory and Applications (Developments in Geotechnical Engineering)” by Lanru Jing and Ove Stephansson

“Fundamentals of Discrete Element Methods for Rock Engineering: Theory and Applications (Developments in Geotechnical Engineering)” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. This book explains basic concepts of the discrete models for fractured rocks. It also explains concepts of constitutive models of rock fractures and rock masses for stress. Later, deformation and fluid flow are briefly explained. Later, distinct elements, discontinuous deformation analysis, discrete fracture networks are explained. More emphasis is given on particle mechanics and Cosserat representation of granular media. Models of rock fractures and fracture system characterization methods are also included. Finally, significant impacts on the performance and uncertainty of the DEM models.

8. “Advances in Rockfill Structures (Nato Science Series E:)” by das Neves and E Maranha

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“Advances in Rockfill Structures (Nato Science Series E:)” Book Review: This book has been designed for engineering students pursuing mechanical engineering or mining engineering. Diploma students and M.Tech students and geologists under this subject also can use this book. Teachers teaching this course can also use this book as reference. This book explains fundamentals of the finite element method. It also explains the field of geotechnical engineering with emphasis on rock structures. This book contains 13 chapters which starts with explaining layers and analytical layers. It later explains deformation, modelling compaction and effective stress techniques on rockfill structures. Finally, it explains loading due to impounding and analysis of first filling.

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