Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1.1. Understand the principles of tensor analysis, three dimensional transformations, 3Dstress and deformation analysis
1.2 Select the right constitutive models for rock mass around the underground structures
2.1. Perform stability analyses of discontinuities by finding the direction cosines, maximum shear stress, and the most favorable sliding direction for discontinuities in a three dimensional state of stress around underground structures
2.2. Compute three dimensional stress state around cylindrical boreholes and tunnels.
3.1. Interpret three dimensional stress analysis around cylindrical boreholes and tunnels
3.2. Assess and compare methods of in-situ stress determination including over coring techniques, triaxial strain cell and interpretation of the results, flat jack measurements, hydraulic fracturing.
4.1. Integrate the principles of numerical modeling including initial and induced stresses and deformations, boundary conditions, boundary element and finite element techniques.
4.2. Practice the design of underground pillars and openings including tributary area analysis of pillars supporting techniques, application of numerical modeling to stress and deformation analysis of pillar and stopes.