The principles of rock mechanics explains the fundamental concepts of continuum mechanics and rheology as applied in studies of rock deformation. A thorough understanding of rock behavior is essential for strategic planning in the petroleum and mining industry, in construction operation, and in locating subsurface repositories. The formation of geological structures or rock deformation patterns, studied by geodynamicists and tectonicians, is, also governed by the mechanical principles outlined in this textbook. The aim of the present book is obvious: to inspire a new generation of positively forward-thinking geoscientists and engineers, skillful in and favorable to the practical application of mechanics to rock structures.

This reader consists of 16 chapters, divided in 2 parts:

  • Part 1: Mechanics and Rheology
  • Part 2: Tensors and Deformation Analysis
  • Throughout the sixteen chapters of which these two parts numerous exercises are included. The answers to these exercises can be found in the appendix.
    A pfd-file of the complete book can be found below. Pdf-files of the separate chapters are also found at the chapter webpages.
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