542-0940/03 – Rock and Soil Mechanics (MHaZ)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Mining Engineering and SafetyCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jindřich Šancer, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jindřich Šancer, Ph.D.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2009/2010Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KON036 Ing. Pavel Konečný, Dr.
SAN02 doc. Ing. Jindřich Šancer, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The main goal of the course is to acquaint students with the properties of rocks and soils, which are necessary for tasks solved in mining geomechanics, geotechnics and similarly focused subjects in mining. The student will practically learn to measure and determine most of the discussed properties according to applicable standards and methods.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Other activities


In this subject students are at the first acquaint with relation between rock mass – rock samples – rock specimen. Course continue by the chapters deal with physical properties, mechanical and technological properties of rocks and soils. There are definition of different rock properties, their measurement and using in practical calculations. Knowlege of properties of rocks are apply to Rock and Soil classification and stress strain behaviour of Rock masses and mathematical modeling.

Compulsory literature:

AYDAN, Ömer. Rock mechanics and rock engineering. Volume 2, Applications of rock mechanics - rock engineering. Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2020]. ISBN 978-0-367-42165-6. WITTKE, Walter. Rock mechanics based on an anisotropic jointed rock model (AJRM). Berlin: Ernst, c2014. ISBN 978-3-433-03079-0. Petroš,V.: Rock and Soil Mechanics VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Ostrava 2005, ISBN 80-248-0807-2

Recommended literature:

Ulusay, R., Hudson, J.A.:The Complete ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock characterization, Testing and monitoring: 1974-2006. Ankara Turkey 2007, ISBN 978-975-93675-4-1 LOOK, Burt. Handbook of geotechnical investigation and design tables. 2nd ed. Leiden: CRC Press, c2014. ISBN 978-1-138-00139-8.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Continuous control of knowledge of individually assigned tasks, control questions in consultations on the subject. Oral exam.



Other requirements

Practical measurements in the laboratory, compile of protocols.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Introduction, basic terminology, genesis of rocks, division of basic properties of rocks and soils. Methods of sampling and preparation of rock samples. Physical properties - basic, physico-technical and physico-chemical properties. Mechanical properties of rocks and soils - basic division of mechanical properties, strength properties of rocks and soils. Mechanical properties of rocks and soils - deformation and rheological properties of rocks. Factors influencing the determination of mechanical properties, recalculation laboratory strength to massif strength, mechanical anisotropy of rocks. Technological properties of rocks. Hypotheses of limit states of rocks and mountain massif. Rock mass lassification. Modeling in rock and soil mechanics - methods, software.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2013/2014 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Examination Examination   3
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2023/2024 (P0724D290005) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2022/2023 (P0724D290005) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (P0724D290005) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2019/2020 (P2117) Mining (2101V012) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P English Ostrava Optional study plan
2018/2019 (P2117) Mining (2101V012) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P English Ostrava Optional study plan

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