Rock mechanics is an important branch of Engineering Geology that deals with the engineering behavior of rock material. This course will provide students with understanding of fundamental principles of rock mechanics and develop skills that will allow them to apply such knowledge to solve real-life problems. In this course students will have opportunities to learn about the origin and role of geology in the formation of geotechnical properties of rocks. Students will also learn how to apply relevant theories into practice so that they can effectively conduct field surveys and laboratory examination of rock samples, correctly interpret and analyse results of such investigations, select appropriate parameters for numerical models, evaluate stability of rock slopes, and develop skills to write comprehensive and concise reports. After this course the students should have an overview of the areas where rock mechanics principles are applied for design and stability analyses. Students should know how to solve practical problems related to rock excavations.


On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Define the characteristics and the mechanical properties (strength and failure criteria) of rock mass, rock matrix and discontinuities

2. Explain methods for in situ investigation and laboratory testing of rock matrix and discontinuities.

3. Use rock mass classification systems (RMR, Q, GSI)

4. Conduct rock slope stability analyses.

5. Analyse the stress distribution (isotropic, anisotropic) in situ and around an opening in rock (competent rock, jointed rock mass, blocky rock)

6. Propose designs of excavation supports.


  1. Introduction & Scope of Rock Mechanics.
  2. Determination of Rock Quality for Engineering Purpose
  3. Failures of Rocks types / Defects in Rocks & Strength
  4. Engineering Classification of  Rocks & Rock Mass Classification
  5. Distribution of Stresses in Rocks & Rock Foundations
  6. Methods of Rock Exploration
  7. Physical & Mechanical Properties of Rocks
  8. Rock Testing & Strength of Rocks


1. Verma, B. P. (2012). Rock mechanics for engineers. Khanna, New Delhi, 108.

2. Goodman, R. E. (2010). Introduction to rock mechanics (Vol. 2). India: Wiley

3. Jaeger, J. C., Cook, N. G., & Zimmerman, R. (2009). Fundamentals of rock mechanics. John Wiley & Sons.



Topics and Readings

Reading and Materials

1 & 2

Introduction & Scope of Rock Mechnics

Week 1 & 2 a ,b, c, d

3 & 4

Determination of Rock Quality for Engineering Purpose

Week 3 & 4 a , b

5 & 6

Failures of Rocks types / Defects in Rocks & Strength

Week 5 & 6 a, b, c

7 & 8

Engineering Classification of  Rocks & Rock Mass Classification

Week 7 & 8 a, b, c

9 & 10

Distribution of Stresses in Rocks & Rock Foundations

Week 9 & 10 a, b, c

11 & 12

Methods of Rock Exploration

Week 11 & 12 a , b

13 & 14

Physical & Mechanical Properties of Rocks

Week 13 & 14 a , b

15 & 16


Rock Testing & Strength of Rocks

Week 15 & 16 a, b



Each student shall present/summarize/discuss atleast 4 recent most research papers addressing contemporary problems in Rock Mechanics

Each student shall submit a term paper before last week of semester.

COURSE START DATE :  January 13, 2020

COURSE END DATE:       May 08, 2020


                            Monday :  10:00 am to 11:00 am

                           Tuesday : 10:00 am to 11:00 am

                           Wednesday : 10:00 am to 11:00 am


Sessional: 20 (Presentation + Participation + Assignments)

Midterm exam: 30

Final exam: 50

Total: 100

Course Material