Rock Mechanics and the Mining Industry

CIM Bulletin, 1966

M. H. Rana Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

A survey of our knowledge in the field of rock mechanics is presented from the viewpoint of applications in the mining industry. Aspects of rock mechanics of special interest to the industry are enlarged upon, with emphasis on the avoidance of over-generalization. The relationship between fundamental and practical rock mechanics is discussed, and the need for cooperation between the university and industry to further our knowledge of -useful rock mechanics is emphasized. An attempt has been made to establish the scope of rock mechanics, as applied to problems in the mining industry. This is brought about by projecting rock mechanics as a tool to be intelligently used rather than magic, capable of producing "miracles." Continued education is important for individuals engaged in the application 0f rock mechanics in the mining industry. The scope of this education is discussed from a viewpoint of better communication between industry and the education and/or research establishments engaged in this work. Finally, the dangers of over-emphasis on rock mechanics are mentioned, but a justification of the investment in rock mechanics programs in mines is also presented.
Keywords: Kingston, Ontario, Queen's University, Kingston, Rock Mechanics Symposium, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Young's Modulus, Mine, Mines, Rock, rock mechanics, Rocks, Strain, stress, Surveys