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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5734M Geomechanics

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Piroska Lorinczi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- understand the basics of stress, deformation and brittle failure in the upper crust;
- consider the influence of stress on rock strength and failure under conditions encountered by fluid flow in the rock volume, important in all sub-surface reservoirs including geothermal, hydrothermal, hydrocarbon and ore minerals systems;
-understand different types of fault rocks and how their internal microstructure may either facilitate or retard fluid flow
- understand basic applications of stress analysis and fracture modelling to a number of sub-surface scenarios, both for formation of reservoir and for energy/resource storage and production


The course will cover:

- conditions of deformation, stress and strain, brittle shear failure including Mohr circle analysis, fracture mechanics, mechanics of faulting, stress and strain modelling.
- fault rocks and deformation at micro-scale.
- modelling stress and strain patterns around faults and predicting fracturing

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours105.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

105 hours:
- Pre- and post-class reading and evaluation of prescribed current literature; summarising and completing practical exercises set in class.
- Working on set problems, working up notes, directed reading, extended use of software, revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback through practical classes and coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentPaper-based exercises40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Re-sits for this module are in the form of a single examination normally taken in August.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/05/2022 14:15:16


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