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Although "Rock Mechanics" addresses many of the rock mechanics issues which arise in underground mining engineering, it is not a text exclusively for mining applications. It consists of five categories of topics on the science and practice of rock engineering: basic engineering principles relevant to rock mechanics; mechanical properties of rock and rock masses; design of underground excavations in various rock mass conditions; mining methods and their implementation; and guidelines on rock mechanics practice. Throughout the text, and particularly in those sections concerned with excavation design and design of mining layouts, reference is made to computational methods of analysis of stress and displacement in a rock mass. The principles of various computational schemes, such as boundary element, finite element and distinct element methods, are considered. This new edition has been completely revised to reflect the notable innovations in mining engineering and the remarkable developments in the science of rock mechanics and the practice of rock engineering that have taken place over the last two decades.Based on extensive professional, research and teaching experience, this book will provide an authoritative and comprehensive text for final year undergraduates and commencing postgraduate students. For professional practitioners, not only will it be of interest to mining and geological engineers but also to civil engineers, structural and mining geologists and geophysicists as a standard work for professional reference purposes. B.H.G. Brady is Emeritus Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at The University of Western Australia, and a consulting rock mechanics engineer. E.T. Brown is Senior Consultant, Golder Associates Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia and formerly Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland, Australia.
Prefaces and Acknowledgements.- Rock mechanics and mining engineering.- Stress and infinitesimal strain.- Rock mass structure and characterization.- Rock strength and deformability.- Pre-mining state of stress.- Methods of stress analysis.- Excavation design in massive elastic rock.- Excavation design in stratified rock.- Excavation design in blocky rock.- Energy, mine stability, mine seismicity and rockbursts.- Rock support and reinforcement.- Mining methods and method selection.- Pillar supported mining methods.- Artificially supported mining methods.- Longwall and caving mining methods.- Mining-induced surface subsidence.- Blasting mechanics.- Monitoring rock mass performance.- Appendices: Basic construction using the hemispherical projection.- Stresses and displacements induced by point and infinite line loads in an infinite, isotropic, elastic continuum.- Calculation sequences for rock-support interaction analysis.- Limiting equilibrium analyses of progressive hangingwall caving.- Answers to problems.- References.- Index.