Best Reference Books – Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling

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

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1. “Rock Mechanics and Engineering” by Xia-Ting Feng

“Rock Mechanics and Engineering” Book Review: This is a volume set on the subject. It has had a great influence on the development of the field. This is a new compilation of the book. State-of-the-art models of the field are described. Summary of current developments is presented. Practical aspects of the subject are given. Future prospects are also described. Experts and young researchers have both contributed in this book. A wide range of topics are covered. Volume 1 has principles. Volume 2 has Laboratory and Field Testing. Volume 3 has Analysis, Modelling and Design. Volume 4 has Excavation, Support and Monitoring. Volume 5 has Surface and Underground Projects . It is a standard resource book. It can be used by rock mechanics and engineers.

2. “Tunnelling in Weak Rocks (Geo-Engineering Book Series)” by Bhawani Singh and R K Goel

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“Tunnelling in Weak Rocks (Geo-Engineering Book Series)” Book Review: This book combines all the required information on tunneling. It has solutions for application problems of tunneling. Topics like classification approach and design approaches for site-specific grounds are included. A new invention on a shielded tunnel boring machine is described. Case histories, tunnel mechanics, risk engineering and management culture are also included. The book is based on research experiences in Himalayan region and Alps. It has chapters on tunnelling hazards and squeezing ground conditions swelling ground conditions. Critical state rock mechanics and other important chapters are given. The book has 180 figures, 90 tables of data and solved examples.

3. “TBM Tunnelling in Jointed and Faulted Rock” by Nick R Barton

“TBM Tunnelling in Jointed and Faulted Rock” Book Review: This book describes practical methods. They are described in detail and in steps. It explains predicting the penetration rate (PR) and advance rate (AR) for tunnel boring machines. Expanded version of the Q-value, QTBM. is taken as the base. 145 TBM tunnels with a total 1,000km in length are described. PR and AR are estimated from QTBM by simple formulas. Actual advance rates are explained. They can go from five m/hr for one day to 0.005 m/hr for several months. Logging methods, empirical TBM tunnel support design, and numerical verification of support are also given.

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4. “Numerical Simulation in Tunnelling” by Gernot Beer

“Numerical Simulation in Tunnelling” Book Review: Results of joint research initiative “Numerical Simulation in Tunneling” are presented in this book. It presents ideas on safety and economy of tunnels. Applications of numerical simulation methods are discussed. They help in explaining tunnel support and construction measures required. Impact of construction on the environment can also be studied.

5. “Modern Trends in Tunnelling and Blast Design” by John Johansen and C F Mathiesen

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“Modern Trends in Tunnelling and Blast Design” Book Review: This book describes modern techniques of the field. Tunnelling, chamber excavations and lake-tap blasting is explained. The book can be applied to geological implications and cut design. It can also be applied to smooth blasting techniques and chamber blasting. The book has detailed examples. They explain blasting lake-tap plugs for hydroelectric projects. It is a reference book on the subject.

6. “Tunnelling and Tunnel Mechanics: A Rational Approach to Tunnelling” by Dimitrios Kolymbas
7. “Tunnelling in Rock (Developments in Geotechnical Engineering)” by Ernest E Wahlstrom
8. “Monitoring Underground Construction: A Best Practice Guide (Water and Coast Engineering)” by British Tunnelling Society

“Monitoring Underground Construction: A Best Practice Guide (Water and Coast Engineering)” Book Review: Monitoring is an important aspect of this field of work. Key principles of the field are included. Key principles are included. Objective setting, strategic planning and the high level specification of monitoring systems are included. Problems of applications are addressed. Steps of the process are presented. The book has six case studies.

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9. “Engineering Rock Mass Classification: Tunnelling, Foundations and Landslides” by R K Goel and Bhawani Singh

“Engineering Rock Mass Classification: Tunnelling, Foundations and Landslides” Book Review: This is a book for construction engineers, construction managers and mining engineers. It guides them to collect geotechnical data. It can be from rock cuts, drifts or core. It also describes the process of subsequent analysis. The book makes use of effective mapping techniques. It helps in obtaining the data. Common classification methods are included. These are Barton’s Q and Q’ systems and Bieniawski’s RMR. Laubscher’s MRMR and Hoek’s and GSI systems are also included. The book has case studies and solved equations.

10. “Software for Engineering Control of Landslide and Tunnelling Hazards” by Bhawani Singh and R K Goel

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“Software for Engineering Control of Landslide and Tunnelling Hazards” Book Review: This is a practical guide on the subject. 18 practical and field-tested software packages are included. They are for landslides in soil and rock. Six packages on tunnels are also given. Their source programs, user manuals and worked examples are also given. Analysis of geomaterials in hazardous areas is explained. They help to predict possible future failure.

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