203.098 Applied rock mechanics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the mechanical behavior of rock and rock mass using common models (e.g. Hoek & Brown strength criterion) and to deal with geotechnical questions regarding the failure mechanism and the stability of rock slopes, the estimation of the runout and magnitude of rock fall and rock avalanches and the influence of discontinuities on foundations and cavity structures (tunnels and caverns).

Subject of course

I. Basics: difference between rock and rock mass, failure mechanisms and rheological behavior  of rock and jointed rock (strength, strain), mathematical / numerical methods to model discontinuous media, effects of water in the rock mass, experiments.

II. Rock slopes: failure mechanisms, mechanical models, numerical models and back analysis, measurements and monitoring, methods to increase stability.

III. Foundations: force propagation in anisotropic, inhomogeneous and discontinuous media, failure mechanisms of foundations, stability problems, measurements and monitoring.

IV. Tunnels: rock mass – tunnel interaction , analytical and numerical models in order to assess stability, excavation methods, tunnel renovation.

Teaching methods

Presentation of the current state of knowledge, presentation and discussion of case studies, work on example excercises (e.g. stereographic analysis of structural geology)

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Zuordnung im Masterstudium Bauingenieurwesen (Studienkennzahl: 066 505):
Modul 1 der Vertiefungsrichtung Geotechnik;
Modul 3 der anderen Vertiefungsrichtungen



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 12:0006.10.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 AFM VO #1
Fri10:00 - 12:0020.10.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 AFM VO #2
Fri13:00 - 15:0010.11.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 AFM vO #3
Fri10:00 - 12:0017.11.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 AFM VO #4
Fri10:00 - 12:0001.12.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 AFM VO #5
Fri10:00 - 12:0015.12.2023Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 AFM VO #6
Fri10:00 - 12:0012.01.2024Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 AFM VO #7
Fri10:00 - 12:0026.01.2024Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 AFM VO #8

Examination modalities

Oral and written examination


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon15:00 - 16:0028.04.2025HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE written19.03.2025 12:00 - 23.04.2025 12:00TISSschriftliche Prüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2023 08:00 05.10.2023 23:55 05.10.2023 23:55


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


Lecture notes for this course are available. Müller, L.: Der Felsbau, Enke 1963 und 1978: Wittke, W.: Felsmechanik, Springer 1984: Hoek, E. und Bray, J. W.: Rock Slope Engineering, Inst. Min. Metall, London 1981: Hoek, E. und Brown, E. T.: Underground Excavations in Rock, Inst. Min. Metall, 1982

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in mechanics and geology