Rock Engineering

By Prof. Priti Maheshwari   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 732
This course is the basic course in the area of Rock Mechanics. This will provide the knowledge of overall behavior of rocks and rock masses. This course will enable the students to acquire basics of analysis and design of tunnels, caverns, slopes, and foundations on rocks.

PREREQUISITES : Soil Mechanics-1, Soil Mechanics-2
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT  : This is the basic course in the area of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. This will provide knowledge of analysis and design of tunnels, caverns, slopes and foundations on rocks. Industries involved with infrastructure development in hilly terrain and mining shall recognize /value this course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Rock Formation: rock forming minerals, identification, geological classification of rock, geological structures, faults, folds, joints.
Week 1-2:Stereographic Project of Geological Data: Principle of equal area net, representation of a line, plane, intersection of two planes, other applications.
Week 2-3:  Laboratory Testing of Rocks: Determination of physical properties, uniaxial compressive strength test, tensile strength test, oblique shear test, triaxial test, slake durability test, stress-strain responses of rocks.
Week 4-6: Engineering Classification of Rocks & Rock Mass: Deere and Miller classification, concept of rock mass, rock quality designation, rock mass rating, rock mass quality, geological strength index and applications in civil engineering projects.
Week 6-7:Strength Criteria for Rocks & Rock Mass: Mohr-Coulomb criterion, Hoek and Brown criterion, Barton’s theory.
Week 7-9:  Tunneling: Ground conditions in tunneling, application of stereographic projections, elastic analysis under uniaxial, biaxial and hydrostatic conditions, Concrete lining: elastic analysis, elasto-plastic analysis: Tresca criterion, rock mass-tunnel support interaction analysis, design of support system.
Week 10-11:Rock Slope Stability Analysis: Modes of failure, limit equilibrium approaches, application of stereographic projections, remedial measures.
Week 11-12:Foundations of Weak Rocks: Bell’s approach, bearing capacity based on classification approaches, UCS, plate load test, special considerations, dam foundations.

Books and references

Goodman, RE (1989). Introduction to Rock Mechanics, Canada, John Wiley & Sons.
Hoek, E and Bray, JW (1977). Rock Slope Engineering. The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, London.
Hoek, E and Brown, ET (1988). Underground Excavations. Spon Press.
Jaeger, JG, Cook, NGW and Zimmerman, RW (2007). Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics. 4th Ed., Singapore, Blackwell Publishing.
Ramamurthy, T (2007). Engineering in Rocks for Slopes, Foundation and Tunnels. N. Delhi, PHI Pvt. Ltd.
Singh, B and Goel RK (2011). Engineering Rock Mass Classification. Oxford, UK, Elsevier Inc.
Sivakugan, N, Shukla, SK and Das, BM (2013). Rock Mechanics: an introduction. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press.
Wyllie, DC and Mah CW (2004). Rock Slope Engineering, Civil and Mining. NY, Spon Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. Priti Maheshwari

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Priti Maheshwari, Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, has her research interests in Soil – Structure Interaction, Ground Engineering: Modeling and Analysis, Statistical / Probabilistic Approaches to Strength Criteria for Rocks and Rock Masses. She has been teaching various UG/PG/PhD courses pertaining to Geotechnical Engineering for more than last 15 years and well appreciated by the students for her systematic approach towards teaching. She has supervised 04 Doctoral and 20 Masters Theses. She has one chapter in book titled “Geotechnical Engineering Handbook”, 49 research publications in National and International refereed journals to her credit.

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: 
29 April 2023 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 Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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