516-0890/01 – Physical Properties of Rocks (FVH)

Gurantor departmentInstitute of PhysicsCredits4
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Alois Fojtek, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2004/2005Year of cancellation2012/2013
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
FOJ20 doc. RNDr. Alois Fojtek, CSc.
MAD20 prof. RNDr. Vilém Mádr, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student characterises rock materials from the physical point of view. He describes their physical properties and predicts material behaviour in various physical conditions. Student applies his knowledge for solution of model situations, analyses theoretical and experimental results and on that base he modifies practical applications or evaluates them.

Teaching methods



Cílem předmětu je klasifikovat vlastnosti hornin z hlediska obecného a z hlediska fyziky, porovnat jednotlivé vlastnosti z hlediska jejich příčin a vysvětlovat jejich souvislosti, analyzovat získané poznatky, dedukovat z obecných zákonitostí individuální vlastnosti a kompilovat jednotlivé partie výuky z literárních a jiných pramenů. Zamýšlet se nad vzájemnými souvislostmi mezi vlastnostmi hornin a jejich časným i reologickým chováním.

Compulsory literature:

Stavrogin, A.N., Tarasov, B.G.: Experimental physics and rock mechanics. Fairhurst, Ch. (ed.), Lisse: A.A. Balkema, 2001, ISBN 90-5809-213-5 Jaeger, J.C., Cook, N.G.W. and Zimmermann, R.W.: Fundamentals of rock mechanics. Malden: Blackwell, 2007, ISBN 978-0-632-05759-7

Recommended literature:

The komplete ISRM suggested methods for rock characterization, testing and monitoring: 1974 – 2006 Ulusay, R. and Hudson, J.A. (eds.), Ankara: Commission on Testing Methods, International Society for Rock Mechanics, 2007, ISBN 978-975-93675-4-1

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Systematic preparation for lectures.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

The course deals with physical-technical parameters of rocks (mechanical, acoustic, thermal, electric, magnetic parameters related to radiation) and influences of internal and external factors on the parameters, studies the balance of systems whose one component is a rock, deals with reactions between rocks and liquids and gases and interconnections of properties and physical phenomena in rocks. 1st Introduction (repeat) Chemical bond, formation of molecules, the structure of molecules, molecular spectra. binding in solids, crystal structure and its disorders. Fundamentals of band theory solids. 2nd Physical properties of rocks Mineral, rock solid in terms of physics. Rock in situ and the sample. Physical-technical parameters of rocks, the influence of internal and external factors on properties of rocks. 3rd mechanical properties Rocks in terms of density. Stress and strain in the rock, flexibility and strength. Plasticity and rheological properties of rocks. 4th acoustic properties Of elastic waves in the environment, the acoustic characteristics of rocks, the dependence characteristics of internal and external factors. 5th thermal properties Patterns of heat distribution in the rock, heat capacity, heat and temperature conductivity, thermal expansion of rocks. 6th Electrical and magnetic properties Polarization environment, permittivity, electrical conductivity of rocks. magnetic properties. Dissemination solenoid. waves in rocks. 7th Radiation and rock Optical properties of rocks, rock and x-rays, radioactivity of rocks and the effect of radiation on the rocks, neutron radiation. 8th multicomponent systems Balance in single-and multicomponent systems, metastable states, phase transitions. Dissociation and reaction of solids with gases. Water in rock. 9th mutual respect Characteristics of physical phenomena in rocks. Classification of rocks according to their physical properties.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2009/2010 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Examination Examination 100  51
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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2012/2013 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3911T001) Applied Physics of Materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3911T001) Applied Physics of Materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3911T001) Applied Physics of Materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3911T001) Applied Physics of Materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan

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