Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics

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Wiley, Apr 30, 2007 - Science - 488 pages
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Widely regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field, the fourth edition of Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics includes new and substantially updated chapters to this highly praised text.
  • Extensively updated throughout, this new edition contains substantially expanded chapters on poroelasticity, wave propogation, and subsurface stresses
  • Features entirely new chapters on rock fractures and micromechanical models of rock behaviour
  • Discusses fundamental concepts such as stress and strain
  • Offers a thorough introduction to the subject before expertly delving into a fundamental, self-contained discussion of specific topics
  • Unavailable for many years, now back by popular demand.


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“With this attention to detail, and rigorous adherence to clarity and exactness in description, this edition will consolidate the standing achieved by the earlier editions as a most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field. It will continue to serve as a leading reference work for geoscientists interested in structural geology, tectonics and petrophysics as well as for civil, mining and petroleum engineers.” (Petroleum Geoscience)

"...I consider this book to be an invaluable reference for studying and understanding the fundamental science at the base of rock mechanics. I believe this to be a must-have textbook and I strongly recommend it to anyone, student or professional, interested in the subject." (Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering)

"An excellent book, very well presented, and is a must for the shelves of serious engineers and scientists active or interested in the fields of rock mechanics and rock engineering.... Highly recommended." (South African Geographical Journal, 2008)

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About the author (2007)

John Conrad Jaeger received a first-class honours degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Sydney, was Wrangler (class I) in the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge, and received a DSc in applied mathematics from the University of Sydney. He was a professor at the University of Tasmania and the Australian National University. He was the author of several monographs in applied mathematics, including, with H. S. Carslaw, Conduction of Heat in Solids, and was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society.

Neville G. W. Cook received a BS and PhD in geophysics from the University of Witwatersrand. He was the founder and first director of the Mining Research Laboratory of the South African Chamber of Mines, and in 1971 he received the Gold Medal of the Scientific and Technical Societies, the highest scientific award in South Africa. He was Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and was a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering.

Robert Zimmerman received BS and MS degrees from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a staff scientist in the Earth Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Reader in Rock Mechanics at Imperial College, London. He is currently Professor of Engineering Geology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and co-editor of the International Journal of Rock Mechanics. He is also the author of the monograph Compressibility of Sandstones.

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