516-0890/02 – Physical Properties of Rocks (FVH)

Gurantor departmentInstitute of PhysicsCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2013/2014Year of cancellation2015/2016
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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HLA57 prof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

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:

1. Introduction - review of the material structure and basic theories of the matter structure. 2. Physical properties of rock respective to sample size and state - influence of inner/outer factors on the rock properties. 3. Mechanical properties - density, elasticity, strength, plasticity and rheological behaviour of rocks. 4. Acoustic properties - dependence of characteristics on inner and outer factors. 5. Thermal properties - rules of heat transfer in rock, thermal dilatation of rocks. 6. Electrical and magnetic properties of rocks – polarisation, permitivity, permeability, electrical conductivity of rocks. 7. Electromagnetic radiation and rock – optical properties of rocks, X-rays and rock. 8. Radioactive radiation and rock – radioactivity of rocks, influence of radioactive radiation on rocks. 9. Multicomponent systems – equilibrium in one- and multicomponent system, metastable states, phase transformations. 10. Mutual relations – influence of the rock properties on physical phenomena, classification of rocks according to their physical properties.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2013/2014 Winter semester, validity until: 2015/2016 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  20
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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2015/2016 (N1701) Physics (1702T001) Applied physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan
2014/2015 (N1701) Physics (1702T001) Applied physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan
2013/2014 (N1701) Physics (1702T001) Applied physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan

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