GEOL1007 - Solid Mechanics for Geologists


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course gives BGEOL students the required preliminary knowledge in solid mechanics so that they be able to follow courses TGB4210 Rock and Soil Mechanics, Basic Course and TGB4260 Numerical Modelling for Rock Engineering later in their studies within Environmental- and geotechnology".

Mathematical preliminaries (30%): basic linear algebra; matrices, vectors and tensors; eigenvalues; Gauss theorem.

Solid mechanics (70%): stresses and strains; principal stresses; plane stress and plane strain; elasticity; plasticity; viscoelasticity; failure criteria; stress concentration; brittle and ductile behavior; mechanical properties; heterogeneity; representative elementary volume; size effect; contact problems; experimental measurement of stresses and strains in the laboratory.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student will understand mathematical concepts (vector, tensor, eigenvalue) that are central in solid mechanics. The student will understand the difference between different types of material behavior - brittle, ductile, elastic, plastic, viscoelastic, creep. The student will understand the difference between different failure criteria. The student will understand the difference between plane strain and plane stress conditions. The student will understand how stress concentration happens and what consequences it has. The student will understand different types of boundary conditions.

Skills: The student will be able to perform basic algebraic operations on matrices, vectors and tensors. The student will be able to calculate principal stresses in two-dimensional problems. The student will be able to make a choice amongst different failure criteria. The student will be able to evaluate the effect of stress concentration.

General expertise: The student will obtain preliminary expertise that is required to follow courses  TGB4210 Rock and Soil Mechanics andTGB4260 Numerical Modelling for Rock Engineering.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, mandatory assignments.

Lectures: 14 lectures per semester. One lecture a week, 2 h.

Exercises: 14 classroom exercises per semester. One exercise session a week, 2 h. One of the exercises may be a mechanical test in the laboratory.

The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

You need to pass all mandatory exercises in order to take exam. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

1. Blyth T.S., Robertson E.F. Basic Linear Algebra. 2nd edition. Springer. (Chapters 1-3).

2. Timoshenko S.P., Goodier J.N. Theory of Elasticity. (Chapters 1-2).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKT4126 3.0 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Geology/Tectonics
  • Engineering Geology
  • Mineral Production
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Mining Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-10 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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