224-0220 – Mechanics of Underground Structures (MPK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground Engineering
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Subject version
Version codeYear of introductionYear of cancellationCredits
224-0220/01 2003/2004 5
224-0220/02 2003/2004 5

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim is to teach students to synthesize knowledge from different areas of the wider focus (rock and soil mechanics, the theory of elasticity and strength, marking underground structures, structural analysis, concrete and steel structures), design and safe cost-effective underground design, analyze and interpret correctly real behavior of underground structures and compare the results obtained in-situ with the theoretical calculations based on various calculation methods and with the results obtained by mathematical modeling. One of the most important skills is also carried out predicting the behavior of some underground structures in the geological environment and local conditions.

Teaching methods

Project work


The course deals in detail with the problems of structural assessment and design of underground structures that ensure stability, uptime and security of underground workings. On the basis of evaluation the stress-strain state around the underground working the basic calculation procedure for determining load reinforcement (lining) is defined, additionally deals with classification of computational methods and their usability and devotes considerable attention to static underground structures all types, incl. anchoring rock and rock mass improvement. Knowledge and skills obtained by students completing the course: By completing the course students acquire a detailed knowledge of the stability of underground works, their statics and reinforcement methods of design and assessment of structures. They learn to solve basic problems of stability underground works and assessment of structures by a systematic approach to the evaluation of computational methods and the quality of rock mass. Student will be able to use some software and evaluate the reliability of the results.

Compulsory literature:

Aldorf, J., Exner. K. Mine openings: Stability and support. Elsevier, 1986. ISBN 0-444-99525-0. Kolymbas, D. Tunnel and Tunnel Mechanics.Springer,2008.ISBN 978-3-540-25196-5. Szechy J.: The Art of Tunelling. Akademia Kiado Budapest. Hoek, E., 2007. Practical rock engineering, 2nd ed. Rocscience Inc. Hoek, E., P.K. Kaiser and W.F. Bawden, 1995. Rock Support for Underground Excavations in Hard Rock. A.A.Balkema, Rotterdam, 215 p.

Recommended literature:

Szechy J.: The Art of Tunelling. Akademia Kiado Budapest


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
221-0036 BaZK Concrete and Masonry Structures Recommended
224-0207 PS Underground Engineering Recommended
224-0226 GS Geotechnical Constructions Recommended
228-0202 SSKI Statics of Building Structures I Recommended
228-0203 SSKII Statics of Building Structures II Recommended
228-0204 PP Elasticity and Plasticity Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.