Rock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 1 : Principles book cover
1st Edition

Rock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 1

Edited By

Xia-Ting Feng

ISBN 9781138027596
Published March 22, 2017 by CRC Press
784 Pages

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Book Description

Principles is the first volume of the five-volume set Rock Mechanics and Engineering and contains twenty-four chapters from key experts in the following fields:
- Discontinuities;
- Anisotropy;
- Rock Stress;
- Geophysics;
- Strength Criteria;
- Modeling Rock Deformation and Failure.

The five-volume set “Comprehensive Rock Engineering”, which was published in 1993, has had an important influence on the development of rock mechanics and rock engineering. Significant and extensive advances and achievements in these fields over the last 20 years now justify the publishing of a comparable, new compilation. Rock Mechanics and Engineering represents a highly prestigious, multi-volume work edited by Professor Xia-Ting Feng, with the editorial advice of Professor John A. Hudson. This new compilation offers an extremely wideranging and comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in rock mechanics and rock engineering and is composed of peer-reviewed, dedicated contributions by all the key experts worldwide.

Key features of this set are that it provides a systematic, global summary of new developments in rock mechanics and rock engineering practices as well as looking ahead to future developments in the fields. Contributors are worldrenowned experts in the fields of rock mechanics and rock engineering, though younger, talented researchers have also been included. The individual volumes cover an extremely wide array of topics grouped under five overarching themes: Principles (Vol. 1), Laboratory and Field Testing (Vol. 2), Analysis, Modelling and Design (Vol. 3), Excavation, Support and Monitoring (Vol. 4) and Surface and Underground Projects (Vol. 5).

This multi-volume work sets a new standard for rock mechanics and engineering compendia and will be the go-to resource for all engineering professionals and academics involved in rock mechanics and engineering for years to come.

Table of Contents


1 Characterization and modeling of the shear strength, stiffness and hydraulic behavior of rock joints for engineering purposes
N.R. Barton & S.C. Bandis

2 Statistical fracture toughness study for rocks
M.R.M. Aliha & M.R. Ayatollahi


3 Rock damage mechanics
F.L. Pellet & A.P.S. Selvadurai

4 Experimental and numerical anisotropic rock mechanics
K-B.Min, B. Park, H. Kim, J-W. Cho & L. Jing

5 Characterization of rock masses based on geostatistical joint mapping and rock boring operations
M. Stavropoulou & G. Exadaktylos

Rock Stress

6 Hydraulic fracturing stress measurements
D.R. Schmitt & B. Haimson

7 Hydrofracturing
S.O. Choi

8 Methodology for determination of the complete stress tensor and its variation versus depth based on overcoring rock stress data
D. Ask

9 Measurement of induced stress and estimation of rock mass strength in the near-field around an opening
Y. Obara & K. Sakaguchi


10 Compressive strength–seismic velocity relationship for sedimentary rocks
T. Takahashi & S. Tanaka

11 Elastic waves in fractured isotropic and anisotropic media
L.J. Pyrak-Nolte, S. Shao & B.C. Abell

Strength Criteria

12 On yielding, failure, and softening response of rock
J.F. Labuz, R. Makhnenko, S-T. Dai & L. Biolzi

13 True triaxial testing of rocks and the effect of the intermediate principal stress on failure characteristics
B. Haimson, C. Chang & X. Ma

14 The MSDPu multiaxial criterion for the strength of rocks and rock masses
L. Li, M. Aubertin & R. Simon

15 Unified Strength Theory (UST)
M.-H. Yu

16 Failure criteria for transversely isotropic rock
Y.M. Tien, M.C. Kuo & Y.C. Lu

17 Use of critical state concept in determination of triaxial and polyaxial strength of intact, jointed and anisotropic rocks
M. Singh

18 Practical estimate of rock mass strength and deformation parameters for engineering design
M. Cai

Modeling Rock Deformation and Failure

19 Constitutive modeling of geologic materials, interfaces and joints using the disturbed state concept
C.S. Desai

20 Modeling brittle failure of rock
V. Hajiabdolmajid

21 Pre-peak brittle fracture damage
E. Eberhardt, M.S. Diederichs & M. Rahjoo

22 Numerical rock fracture mechanics
M. Fatehi Marji & A. Abdollahipour

23 Linear elasticity with microstructure and size effects
G. Exadaktylos

24 Rock creep mechanics
F.L. Pellet

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Xia-Ting Feng graduated in 1986 from the Northeast University of Technology and obtained his PhD in 1992 at the Northeastern University, China. He was then appointed and acted as Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor at the same university. In 1998, he was admitted by the Hundred Talents Programme to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Subsequently, he permanently joined CAS - Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics at Wuhan, China. In 2003, he obtained the support of the China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists; in 2010, he became a Chair Professor of the Cheung Kong Scholars Programme, Ministry of Education, China; and, in 2009, he was elected as President of the International Society for Rock Mechanics for the period 2011-2015. He is currently Director of the State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Wuhan. Additionally, in 2012, Professor Feng became the Co-President of the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering. He has made original contributions to the subject of "intelligent rock mechanics" and his methods have been applied to large rock engineering projects in China and other countries.


"There is no doubt that this compendium not only will be of great assistance to all those working in the subject area, whether in research or practice, but it also marks just how far the subject has developed in the 50+ years since 1962 and especially in the 20+ years since the last such survey."

John A. Hudson, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London, UK. President of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) 2007-2011