220.019 Stability Problems in Rock Engineering
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, SE, 1.5h, 1.5EC
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  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to conduct wedge analysis (sphere diagram), to design rock fall safety nets after ONR24810 and/or to assess slope stability. We provide practical hands-on examples. 

Subject of course

Wedge analysis, rock fall safety net design, slope stability.
Treatment of a rock mechanical problem to assess the stability of or design a structure in / on rock using mathematical methods or experimental methods or on the basis of field explorations (it is possible to combine this lecture with the Finite-Difference-Models in Geoengineering LVA Nr. 220.015).

Teaching methods

Three examples are introduced in the first session. Duads choose one example and work it out over the semester. 

A second session is provided for Q&A. 

Mode of examination


Additional information

Zuordnung im Masterstudium Bauingenieurwesen (Studienkennzahl: 066 505):
Modul 2 der Vertiefungsrichtung Geotechnik;
Modul 3 der anderen Vertiefungsrichtungen

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Course dates

Tue13:30 - 14:3005.10.2021 via ZOOM WebinarExplanation of the exercise examples

Examination modalities

Oral presentation in english

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
28.09.2021 16:00 01.11.2021 23:00 08.11.2021 23:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


Lecture notes for this course are available. Ein Skriptum zur Lehrveranstaltung ist erhältlich. Müller, L.: Der Felsbau, Enke 1963 und 1978: Wittke, W.: Felsmechanik, Springer 1984: Hoek, E. und Bray, J. W.: Rock Slope Engineering, Inst. Min. Metall, London 1981: Hoek, E. und Brown, E. T.: Underground Excavations in Rock, Inst. Min. Metall, 1982.