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Rock and Soil Mechanics

Course Description

Study program: Environmental Engineering (V semester -OAS), Mining Engineering (V semester -OAS), Petroleum Engineering (V semester -OAS)

Name of subject: Rock and Soil Mechanics

Instructors: Dr Nebojša Gojković, Veljko Rupar

Status: Compulsory


Prerequisites: Technical physics, Mechanics I, Mechanics II, Probability and statistics

Course Objectives: The objective of the course is to introduce students with with the physical, mechanical, tehnical properties and rock and soil material response to the natural or human activity and stress state changes, slope stability etc.

Learning Outcomes: The course will provide students to understand the problems of interaction between the working environment (rock and soil) and mining operations, and determining the basic rock properties as the starting point for further mining activities.


Theory teaching
Physical, mechanical and technical properties, rock and soil deformability properties as basis for determination calculation parameters for further analyses. Introducing to the importance of research methods for studying the stress state and the impact of mining operations on rock and soil material. Special attention will be dedicated to introduction to the basics of the mining facilities stability analysis (underground facilities and open-pit and landfills slopes) and bearing capacity calculation methods.

Practical teaching
Students will be introduced with methods for rock and soil physical, mechanical and deformability properties laboratory testing. Basic rock and soil classification systems will be studied. The basic methods for determining the stress state in the rock and soil massif and the soil bearing capacity will be shown. Study of the basic analysis methods of the underground chambers and slope stability.

Suggested Reading List

  1. J. Radojević: "Mehanika stena", Rudarsko-geološki fakultet, Beograd 1989
  2. E. Hoek “Practical Rock Engineering (2007 ed.)”, http://www.rocscience.com/hoek/corner/Practical_Rock_Engineering.pdf
  3. R. Obradović, N. Najdanović,: "Mehanika tla u inženjerskoj praksi", Rudarski institut, Beograd 1999.
  4. M.Maksimović: "Mehanika tla", Građevinska knjiga a.d., Beograd 2005.
  5. N. Gojković, R. Obradović, V Čebašek: “Stabilnost kosina površinskih kopova”, Rudarsko-geološki fakultet, Beograd 2004.

Fund Hours:

Lectures Exercises Other forms of teaching Study research
2 2 0 0

Conduct of the Course: Theoretical lectures with Microsoft Power Point presentations, practical exercises (calculation methods and independent study), paper reports and seminar papers

AssessmentОцена знања:

Final Exam ECTS
Written Exam 30
Classwork Assessment ECTS
Class Participation 10
Practical Classes 10
Written Tests 30
Seminars 20

Additional Assessment Criteria -