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School of Science
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
Course unit
ROCK MECHANICS
SCO2045634, A.A. 2014/15

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ROCK MECHANICS
Website of the academic structure http://scienzegeologiche.scienze.unipd.it/2014/laurea_magistrale
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge DARIO ZAMPIERI GEO/03
Other lecturers SILVIA MITTEMPERGHER

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/03 Structural Geology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 0.67 8 8.75 No turn
Laboratory 0.33 6 2.25 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 12/06/2015
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 PENNACCHIONI GIORGIO (Presidente)
DI TORO GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)
FACCENDA MANUELE (Supplente)
MASSIRONI MATTEO (Supplente)
ZAMPIERI DARIO (Supplente)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PENNACCHIONI GIORGIO (Presidente)
DI TORO GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)
FACCENDA MANUELE (Supplente)
MASSIRONI MATTEO (Supplente)
ZAMPIERI DARIO (Supplente)
5 Commissione 2017/2018 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 PENNACCHIONI GIORGIO (Presidente)
DI TORO GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)
FACCENDA MANUELE (Supplente)
MASSIRONI MATTEO (Supplente)
ZAMPIERI DARIO (Supplente)
3 Commissione 2016/2017 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 PENNACCHIONI GIORGIO (Presidente)
ZAMPIERI DARIO (Membro Effettivo)
2 commissione 2014/2015 26/01/2015 29/02/2016 ZAMPIERI DARIO (Presidente)
PENNACCHIONI GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)
MITTEMPERGHER SILVIA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic notions of Structural Geology, Applied Geology and Geophysics.
Target skills and knowledge: The course offers a broad knowledge about the experimental and numerical techniques to characterize the mechanical behaviour (constitutive equations) and physical proprieties (porosity, permeability, etc.) of rocks. This knowledge finds application in structural geology, applied geology and in the industry (oil resources, etc.). The course will also address the fundamentals of earthquake mechanics, natural and man-induced, and the characteristics of the Italian seismicity.
Examination methods: Written test about the topics addresses in the course.
Practical test: brief report with the description of the structural data collected in the field.
Assessment criteria: Learning of the topics addressed in the course.
Course unit contents: The course addresses topics related to the mechanics and physical properties of rocks and it will include: Notions of continuum mechanics, Stress and strain, Physical properties of rocks (porosity, permeability, etc.), Experimental apparatus in rock deformation, Griffith theory of rupture, Pore fluids and effective stress, Stress Corrosion and Subcritical Crack Growth, Failure Criteria (Mohr-Coulomb, Murrel-Griffith, etc.), Anderson’s theory of faulting and fault reactivation (weak and strong faults), Techniques to measure the state of stress, State of stress in the earth, Deformation mechanisms in the lithosphere, The brittle-ductile transition, Fault zone structure and fault rocks, Elements of microtectonics, Rock friction, friction laws and their application to earthquake mechanics, Measurement of geological objects: from detail structural geology survey (including a field trip*) to fractals. Extrapolation to experimental observations to nature, Earthquake mechanics, Italian seismicity. Man-induced seismicity.

*The course includes a field trip to visit exhumed seismogenic faults in the Italian Southern Alps.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course of Rock Mechanics includes lessons, visit to laboratories and a field trip in the Southern Alps (1 day long) to collect structural data.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material available online from:

https://elearning.unipd.it/geoscienze/course/view.php?id=26
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Guéguen Y., Palciauskas V., Introduction to the physics of Rocks. --: Princeton University Press, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paterson M.S., Wong T-F., Experimental rock deformation – The brittle Field. Berlin: Springer, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Twiss R.J., Moores E.M., Structural Geology - 2nd Edition. --: Freeman, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Scholz C.H., The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting. --: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo