Rock Fall Engineering

Book description

Rock falls can be a public safety issue. This book provides comprehensive information on identification of these hazards, and design and construction of protection methods.

Rock Fall Engineering

describes first, the theoretical background to rock fall behavior in terms of the impact and trajectory phases of rock falls, and second, how this information is applied to modeling of rock falls and the design of ditches, fences and sheds. The theory of rock fall behavior is verified by comparing the calculations with five carefully documented case studies.

The book covers four main topics as follows:

  • Describes causes of rock falls, including geology, climate and topography, and provides detailed documentation on rock fall impacts and trajectories at five sites with a wide variety of topographic and geologic features
  • Discusses theory of impact mechanics, and its application to velocity and energy changes during impacts and trajectories
  • Reviews methods of modeling rock fall events, and presents analyses for the five case studies
  • Examines rock fall protection in terms of selecting appropriate method(s) for site conditions, and design principles in which the objective is to absorb impact energy in an efficient manner

This book, which contains many worked examples, is of interest to practitioners and researchers working in the fields of geological engineering and natural hazards.

Duncan C. Wyllie

is a principal with Wyllie & Norrish Rock Engineers in Vancouver, Canada, and a registered professional engineer in British Columbia. He has worked on rock fall hazard projects involving the design and construction protection measures since the 1970s. He is the author of Foundations on Rock, Second Edition, and Rock Slope Engineering, Fourth Edition, both published by CRC Press.

Table of contents

  1. Front Cover (1/2)
  2. Front Cover (2/2)
  3. Contents (1/2)
  4. Contents (2/2)
  5. About the Author
  6. Introduction
  7. Foreword
  8. Nomenclature
  9. Chapter 1: Rock Falls—Causes and Consequences (1/3)
  10. Chapter 1: Rock Falls—Causes and Consequences (2/3)
  11. Chapter 1: Rock Falls—Causes and Consequences (3/3)
  12. Chapter 2: Documentation of Rock Fall Events (1/3)
  13. Chapter 2: Documentation of Rock Fall Events (2/3)
  14. Chapter 2: Documentation of Rock Fall Events (3/3)
  15. Chapter 3: Rock Fall Velocities and Trajectories (1/4)
  16. Chapter 3: Rock Fall Velocities and Trajectories (2/4)
  17. Chapter 3: Rock Fall Velocities and Trajectories (3/4)
  18. Chapter 3: Rock Fall Velocities and Trajectories (4/4)
  19. Chapter 4: Impact Mechanics (1/4)
  20. Chapter 4: Impact Mechanics (2/4)
  21. Chapter 4: Impact Mechanics (3/4)
  22. Chapter 4: Impact Mechanics (4/4)
  23. Chapter 5: Coefficient of Restitution (1/3)
  24. Chapter 5: Coefficient of Restitution (2/3)
  25. Chapter 5: Coefficient of Restitution (3/3)
  26. Chapter 6: Energy Changes during Impacts and Trajectories (1/4)
  27. Chapter 6: Energy Changes during Impacts and Trajectories (2/4)
  28. Chapter 6: Energy Changes during Impacts and Trajectories (3/4)
  29. Chapter 6: Energy Changes during Impacts and Trajectories (4/4)
  30. Chapter 7: Rock Fall Modeling (1/4)
  31. Chapter 7: Rock Fall Modeling (2/4)
  32. Chapter 7: Rock Fall Modeling (3/4)
  33. Chapter 7: Rock Fall Modeling (4/4)
  34. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (1/6)
  35. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (2/6)
  36. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (3/6)
  37. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (4/6)
  38. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (5/6)
  39. Chapter 8: Selection of Protection Structures (6/6)
  40. Chapter 9: Design Principles of Rock Fall Protection Structures (1/4)
  41. Chapter 9: Design Principles of Rock Fall Protection Structures (2/4)
  42. Chapter 9: Design Principles of Rock Fall Protection Structures (3/4)
  43. Chapter 9: Design Principles of Rock Fall Protection Structures (4/4)
  44. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (1/7)
  45. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (2/7)
  46. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (3/7)
  47. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (4/7)
  48. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (5/7)
  49. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (6/7)
  50. Chapter 10: Rock Fall Protection I—Barriers, Nets, and Fences (7/7)
  51. Chapter 11: Rock Fall Protection II—Rock Sheds (1/4)
  52. Chapter 11: Rock Fall Protection II—Rock Sheds (2/4)
  53. Chapter 11: Rock Fall Protection II—Rock Sheds (3/4)
  54. Chapter 11: Rock Fall Protection II—Rock Sheds (4/4)
  55. Appendix I: Impact Mechanics—Normal Coefficient of Restitution
  56. Appendix II: Impact Mechanics—Impact of Rough, Rotating Bodies (1/2)
  57. Appendix II: Impact Mechanics—Impact of Rough, Rotating Bodies (2/2)
  58. Appendix III: Energy Loss Equations
  59. Appendix IV: Conversion Factors
  60. References (1/3)
  61. References (2/3)
  62. References (3/3)
  63. Back Cover

Product information

  • Title: Rock Fall Engineering
  • Author(s): Duncan C. Wyllie
  • Release date: September 2014
  • Publisher(s): CRC Press
  • ISBN: 9781482219982