608 pages, 250 illus
Since the publication of the first edition in 1969, "Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics" has been widely regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field. Out of print for many years, this classic book is now available in its revised 4th edition. Extensively updated throughout, this new edition contains substantially expanded chapters on poroelasticity, wave propagation, and subsurface stresses, as well as entirely new chapters on rock fractures and micromechanical models of rock behaviour. Beginning with a detailed discussion of fundamental concepts, such as stress and strain, this text offers a thorough introduction to the subject before expertly delving into a fundamental, self-contained discussion of specific topics. Unmatched in the breadth of its treatment of rock mechanics, the new edition of this highly praised text is an invaluable resource for all geologists, geophysicists, and geotechnical engineers working in the field today.
Previous editions of this seminal book have provided students, researchers and practitioners the world over with the rock mechanics basics for engineering applications. In this 4th edition, Professor Zimmerman, a world expert in the field, has now updated the content in line with modern thinking, while retaining vital emphasis on the fundamentals of the subject. I strongly recommend this book to anyone studying, researching or using rock mechanics: the book is invaluable, both as a learning tool and as a reference source for the underpinning fundamental science. John A Hudson, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College, and President (2007-2011), International Society for Rock Mechanics "The bible of rock mechanics has been updated with several new chapters on topics that were in their infancy at the time of the last edition of this book. My favorite update is Zimmerman's skillful presentation of the hydro-mechanical and seismic properties of fractures. There is no other comparable presentation of this broad range of material with such mathematical depth and rock mechanics foundations. The reference list is priceless. I consider this a must-have textbook for serious student and expert alike in the area of fractured rock." Laura Pyrak-Nolte, Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
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