ECTS Credits : 2
Duration: 21 hours
Semester : S7
Person(s) in charge :
Judith SAUSSE, Professeur, email@example.com
Keywords : Fractures, Faults, Rock Masses, Blocks
Prerequisites : Courses GEOS7AC, GEOS7AD, or equivalent coursework
In line with the course ST032 “Rheology of Geomaterials”, this course presents a few aspects about the deformation of bedrock at different levels, principally that of a small rock masses, but also that of the Earth’s crust. Most of the course is devoted to studying the description and the behaviour of fractured rock masses, i.e., in brief, the behaviour of the discontinuities affecting rock masses, under dry or wet conditions. The last part of the course deals with faults, their properties and they way in which they interact with the Earth’s crust.
Program and content :
• Stereographic projections
Description and operationnal verbs
Methods allowing the description of the fractured rock mass geometry to define its mechanical behaviour
What is the origin of discontinuities (faults, fractures, etc.) in rock masses and what is their impact on the thermo-hydraulic-mechanical properties of rock masses from the sample to the regional scales.
Be able to analyse the stability and mechanical evolution of rock masses
Distinguish and analyse specificities of the hydro mechanical behaviour of fractured rock masses versus soils and superficial formations
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