Rock Mechanics and Tunneling

By Prof. Debarghya Chakraborty   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 334
A good understanding about the mechanics behind the load transfer mechanism and the stability of different geotechnical structures constructed in/on the rocks becomes very much essential for the civil and mining engineers. On the other hand, the tunneling is a very efficient solution for the public transport as well as other underground transport systems. The course ‘Rock Mechanics and Tunneling’ will give an overall idea about the rock mechanics and its applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Tech./B.E., M.Tech./M.E., Ph.D.

PRE REQUISITE :Engineering Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Soil Mechanics

SUPPORTED INDUSTRIES : Most of the Civil infrastructure development companies and the Companies dealing with the mining operations.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week-1:Introduction: objective, scope, and associated problems; Discontinuities in rock; Classification of the rock based on origin.
Week-2:Methods for rock exploration: rock coring, geophysical methods.
Week-3:Physico-mechanical properties of rock.
Week-4:Laboratory testing on rock sample and in-situ testing of rock mass.
Week-5:Rock mass classification systems.
Week-6:Rock and rock mass failure criteria.
Week-7:Rock and rock mass failure criteria.
Week-8:Applications of rock mechanics: slopes, underground excavations.
Week-9:Applications of rock mechanics: foundations, rock support systems.
Week-10:Basic features of tunneling: shapes, usages, methods of construction, problems associated with tunnels, tunneling in various subsoil conditions and rocks.
Week-11Analysis of stresses: methods to determine stresses around openings, Kirsch equation, Greenspan’s method. Basic concepts for lined, unlined, and pressure tunnels.
Week-12:Improvement of rock mass response: rock bolts, rock anchors, steel mats, precast concrete segments, shotcrete, grouting etc.

Books and references

  • Goodman R. E. Introduction to rock mechanics. Ed.2, Wiley, 1989.
  • Jaeger J. C., Cook N. G. W., and Zimmerman R. W. Fundamentals of rock mechanics. Ed. 4, Wiley Blackwell, 2007.
  • Deb D., and Verma A. K. Fundamentals and applications of rock mechanics. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd., 2016.
  • Ramamurthy T. (Editor). Engineering in rocks for slopes, foundations and tunnels. Ed. 3, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.,2015.

Instructor bio

Prof. Debarghya Chakraborty

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Debarghya Chakraborty is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. He has received Ph.D degree from IISc Bangalore. He has completed M.Tech from IIT Bombay and B.Tech from Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College. He works primarily in the area of Computational Geomechanics. Presently he has 45 journal publications. He already has supervised one Ph.D student and ten M.Tech students. He has received different awards, such as, (i) Prof. N. S. Govinda Rao GOLD MEDAL from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore for the best Ph.D. thesis in the Department of Civil Engineering; (ii) YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD of The Indian Science Congress Association in the Section of Engineering Sciences; (iii) YOUNG ENGINEERS AWARD of The Institution of Engineers (India) in the Civil Engineering Discipline, (iv) EXCELLENT PAPER AWARD to Junior Individuals from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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