by Duncan Wyllie and Christopher Mah
Engineering projects often require the excavation of rock cuts that must be safe from rock falls and large-scale slope instability, during both construction and operation.
Fully revised and updated by Wyllie and Mah, the fourth edition of this classic handbook by Hoek and Bray, comprehensively addresses the design and excavation of rock slopes. Design charts provide a rapid check on the stability of both wedge and circular slope failures, together with more detailed analytical methods for the study of critical slopes. Methods for the collection and interpretation of geological and groundwater information are discussed, and tests for the determination of rock strength properties are described. Coverage has been extended to incorporate the latest developments, including seismic effects on stability, numerical modeling, slope stabilization, rock fall protection and movement monitoring. Case studies in both civil and mining engineering are included.
It contains many worked examples to assist the reader in relating the techniques described to practical slope design, and provides over 300 carefully selected references. The main topics covered are: Principles of Rock Slope Engineering, Structural Geology, Data Collection, Rock Strength, Ground Water, Plane Failure, Wedge Failure, Circular Failure, Toppling Failure, Numerical Analysis, Blasting, Slope Stabilization, Movement Monitoring, Civil Engineering Applications, and Mining Engineering Applications.
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