Rock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 1 by Feng
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Rock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 1 by Feng

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Rock Mechanics Contents


  • Characterization and modeling of the shear strength, stiffness and hydraulic behavior of rock joints for engineering purposes
  • Statistical fracture toughness study for rocks


  • Rock damage mechanics 
  • Experimental and numerical anisotropic rock mechanics 
  • Characterization of rock masses based on geostatistical joint mapping and rock boring operations 

Rock Stress

  • Hydraulic fracturing stress measurements in deep holes
  • Hydrofracturing 
  • Methodology for determination of the complete stress tensor and its
  • variation versus depth based on overcoming rock stress data 
  • Measurement of induced stress and estimation of rock mass strength in the near-field around an opening 


  • Compressive strength–seismic velocity relationship for sedimentary rocks
  • Elastic waves in fractured isotropic and anisotropic media 

Strength Criteria

  • On yielding, failure, and softening response of rock 
  • True triaxial testing of rocks and the effect of the intermediate principal stress on failure characteristics
  • The MSDPu multiaxial criterion for the strength of rocks and rock masses 
  • Unified Strength Theory (UST) 
  • Failure criteria for transversely isotropic rock 
  • Use of critical state concept in the determination of triaxial and
  • polyaxial strength of intact, jointed and anisotropic rocks 
  • The practical estimate of rock mass strength and deformation parameters for engineering design 

Modeling Rock Deformation and Failure

  • Constitutive modeling of geologic materials, interfaces, and joints using the disturbed state concept
  • Modeling brittle failure of rock 
  • Pre-peak brittle fracture damage 
  • Numerical rock fracture mechanics
  • Linear elasticity with microstructure and side effects

Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Engineering PDF

The five-volume book “Comprehensive Rock Engineering” (Editor-in-Chief, Professor John A. Hudson) which was published in 1993 had an important influence on the development of rock mechanics and rock engineering.

Indeed the significant and extensive achievements in rock mechanics and engineering during the last 20 years now justify a second compilation.

Thus, we are happy to publish ‘ROCK MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING’, a highly prestigious, multi-volume work, with the editorial advice of Professor John A. Hudson.

This new compilation offers an extremely wide-ranging and comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in rock mechanics and rock engineering. Intended for an audience of geological, civil, mining and structural engineers, it is composed of reviewed, dedicated contributions by key authors worldwide.

The aim has been to make this a leading publication in the field, one which will deserve a place in the library of every engineer involved with rock mechanics and engineering. We have sought the best contributions from experts in the field to make these five volumes a success, and I really appreciate their hard work and contributions to this project.

Also, I am extremely grateful to the staff at CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor and Francis Group, in particular Mr. Alistair Bright, for his excellent work and kind help. I would like to thank Prof. John A. Hudson for his great help in initiating this publication.

I would also thank Dr. Yan Guo for her tireless work on this project.

Foreword to Rock Mechanics and Engineering eBook

Although engineering activities involving rock have been underway for millennia, we can mark the beginning of the modern era from the year 1962 when the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) was formally established in Salzburg, Austria.

Since that time, both rock engineering itself and the associated rock mechanics research have increased in activity by leaps and bounds, so much so that it is difficult for an engineer or researcher to be aware of all the emerging developments, especially since the information is widely spread in reports, magazines, journals, books, and the internet.

It is appropriate, if not essential, therefore that periodically an easily accessible structured survey should be made of the currently available knowledge.

Thus, we are most grateful to Professor Xia-Ting Feng and his team, and to the Taylor & Francis Group, for preparing this extensive 2017 “Rock Mechanics and Engineering” compendium outlining the state of the art—and which is a publication fitting well within the Taylor & Francis portfolio of ground engineering related titles.

There has previously only been one similar such survey, “Comprehensive Rock Engineering”, which was also published as a five-volume set but by Pergamon Press in 1993.

Given the exponential increase in rock engineering-related activities and research since that year, we must also congratulate Professor Feng and the publisher on the production of this current five-volume survey.

Volumes 1 and 2 are concerned with principles plus laboratory and field testing, i.e., understanding the subject and obtaining the key rock property information.

Volume 3 covers analysis, modeling, and design, i.e., the procedures by which one can predict the rock behavior in engineering practice. Then, Volume 4 describes engineering procedures and Volume 5 presents a variety of case examples, both these volumes illustrating ‘how things are done’.

Hence, the volumes with their constituent chapters run through essentially the complete spectrum of rock mechanics and rock engineering knowledge and associated activities.

In looking through the contents of this compendium, I am particularly pleased that Professor Feng has placed emphasis on the strength of rock, modeling rock failure, field testing, and Underground Research Laboratories (URLs), numerical modeling methods—which have revolutionized the approach to rock engineering design—and the progression of excavation, support and monitoring, together with supporting case histories.

These subjects, enhanced by the other contributions, are the essence of our subject of rock mechanics and rock engineering. Read through the chapters is not only to understand the subject but also to comprehend the state of current knowledge.

I have worked with Professor Feng on a variety of rock mechanics and rock engineering projects and am delighted to say that his efforts in initiating, developing and seeing through the preparation of this encyclopedic contribution once again demonstrate his flair for providing significant assistance to the rock mechanics and engineering subject and community.

Each of the authors of the contributory chapters is also thanked: they are the virtuosos who have taken time out to write up their expertise within the structured framework of the “Rock Mechanics and Engineering” volumes.

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.

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