The Role of Rock Mechanics in the 21st Century

Antonio Bobet, Chloé F. Arson, Derek Elsworth, Priscilla Nelson, Ingrid Tomac, Anahita Modiriasari

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Rocks and rock masses pose very complex problems that must be addressed by the engineering and scientific communities if the challenges of the 21st century are to be met. New societal demands for improved infrastructure, clean water, sustainable energy, and climate change, all call for an improved understanding of the multi-physics phenomena involving rock and all require a multi-disciplinary approach. The chapter identifies five topics that, among others, limit further developments in the field or are critical to societal demands: (1) Underground construction, geology and geotechnical risks; (2) Microstructure-enriched damage and healing mechanics; (3) Damage detection inside rock; (4) Coupled processes for energy extraction; and (5) Sustainable recovery of subsurface energy resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages39
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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