542-0970/03 – Geomechanics (G)

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
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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 course aims to acquaint students with the characteristics of the original stress and strain state of the rock mass and its changes in the excavation of mining works and subsequent mining. The student should use the knowledge from the subject of rock and soil mechanics for practical calculations with regard to the dimensioning of the dimensions of mines and reinforcements of mine workings, prediction of rock mass deformation or prognosis of anomalous phenomena.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Experimental work in labs
Project work


The course is focused on the prediction of the behavior of the rock mass during mining, monitoring the manifestations of mining in the massif and ensuring the stability of mine workings and rock mass. The course discusses topics dealing with stress in the massif, methods of its determination and modeling. Knowledge of the stress-strain state of the massif is further used for dimensioning reinforcements and prediction of anomalous phenomena.

Compulsory literature:

WITTKE, Walter. Rock mechanics based on an anisotropic jointed rock model (AJRM). Berlin: Ernst, c2014. ISBN 978-3-433-03079-0. HUDSON, J.A., HARRISON, J.P.: Engineering Rock Mechanics: an Introduction to the Principles and Applications. Elsevier Science 1997 HOEK, Evert, Peter Konrad KAISER a W. F. BAWDEN. Support of underground excavations in hard rock. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1995. ISBN 90-5410-186-5. 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.

Recommended literature:

DUNNICLIFF, John. Geotechnical instrumentation for monitoring field performance. New York: Wiley, c1993. ISBN 0-471-00546-0. PETROŠ, Vladimír. Mining geomechanics. Ostrava: VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, 2004. ISBN 80-248-0809-9.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester



Other requirements

individual consultations


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Primary and secondary (by mining activity) induced stress field. Stress field changes around tunnels and mining roads. Stress field changes around excavations. Rock mass classification. Support design for tunels. Support design for mining works and excavations. Dimensioning of rock pillars. Numerical modeling in geomechanics. Rockburst protection and prevention. Geomechanical monitoring.

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 yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
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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