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Stress in rock and the effect of depth on pre-mining stress state; other factors influencing stress in rock; mining-induced stress and the rock mass response to excavation process; stress distributions around different excavation shapes and sizes - elastic and inelastic rock materials; excavation stability and potential failure modes; interaction between different excavations (horizontal and vertical interaction); regional stability considerations; effect of time on rock behaviour around excavations.

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Offering Terms

Term 3



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Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Enrolment in MINENS5059 or MINEUS8059 or MINESS5040

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