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Engineering Properties of Rocks - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128028339, 9780128028766

Engineering Properties of Rocks

2nd Edition

Author: Lianyang Zhang
Paperback ISBN: 9780128028339
eBook ISBN: 9780128028766
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st September 2016
Page Count: 394
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More often than not, it is difficult or even impossible to obtain directly the specific rock parameters of interest using in situ methods. The procedures for measuring most rock properties are also time consuming and expensive. Engineering Properties of Rocks, Second Edition, explores the use of typical values and/or empirical correlations of similar rocks to determine the specific parameters needed.

The book is based on the author's extensive experience and offers a single source of information for the evaluation of rock properties. It systematically describes the classification and characterization of intact rock, rock discontinuities, and rock masses, and presents the various indirect methods for estimating the deformability, strength, and permeability of these components as well as the in situ rock stresses.

Key Features

  • Presents a single source for the correlations on rock properties
  • Saves time and resources invested on in situ testing procedures
  • Fully updated with current literature
  • Expanded coverage of rock types and geographical locations


Researchers, practitioners, and students in geotechnical engineering, mining engineering and geological engineering

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. In situ stresses
3. Intact rock
4. Rock discontinuities
5. Rock masses
6. Deformability
7. Strength
8. Permeability


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About the Author

Lianyang Zhang

Professor Zhang conducts research on Rock Mechanics, Rock Engineering, Sustainable Geotechnics, Geoenvironmental Engineering and Earthquake Engineering. He received his Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tongji University, China and in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, USA. His PhD was received in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT. He has published over 50 articles in international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. Currently Prof. Zhang teaches the following courses at graduate level at The University of Arizona:

• Geotechnical Engineering and Design

• Foundation Engineering

• Earth Structures in Geotechnical Engineering

• Ground Improvement

• Geoenvironmental Engineering

Professor Zhang is the Principal Investigator or Co-PI in more than 15 grants and contracts from National and State institutions and Private Companies. He has received awards such as ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, 2011; First Runner-Up, Young Professor Paper Competition, Deep Foundations Institute, 2008; Arthur D. Little Corporate Star Case Awards, 2001, 2002; Science and Technology Progress Award, China Education Ministry, 1994 ;Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1993

In 2014 Professor Zhang was Co-Chair of GeoShanghai International Conference.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Geomechanics & Geotechnics, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Arizona, USA

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