Rock mechanics

I have worked on rock mechanics, particularly as applied to engineering problems, for many years. My work in this field has included topics such as:

1. Landslides and slope stability,

2. Stress concentration around road tunnels,

3. Stability and leakage of road tunnels,

4. Rock quality assessments, and

5. Foundation assessment for houses.

Rock mechanics, in particular engineering rock mechanics, is closely related to rock fracture studies. Problems of stability of rock slopes, road tunnels, dams, and foundation consideration all relate to rock failure and fracture propagation. Many of the chapters in Rock Fractures in Geological Processes focus on stress concentration (such as around tunnels) and the conditions for fracture initiation and propagation.

Selected publications on this topic

63.Marti, J., Hurlimann, M., Ablay, G.J. and Gudmundsson, A., 1997. Vertical and lateral collapses on Tenerife (Canary Islands) and other volcanic ocean islands.
Geology 25, 879-882

148.Gudmundsson, A. 2011.                                                                                           Rock Fractures in Geological Processes.                                                                        Cambridge University Press