Rock Mechanics

Rock Mechanics


Geology and Geophysics

Course Duration

5 days

Delivery Method


Rock Mechanics is defined as the study of physical characteristics of rocks. Rock mechanics can include analysis of and relationships between properties such as velocity, density, porosity, permeability, shear strength, and bending and crushing behavior of rocks. This course covers all aspects of rock mechanics and their impact on well completion, stimulation and production.

Course Contents

  • Introduction

    • Petroleum engineering and rock mechanics

    • Basics of Geology

  • Stresses and Strains

    • Introduction; 2D stresses; Mohr’s circle

    • 3D stresses; principal stresses

    • Mohr’s circle for 3D stresses; Strains

  • Laboratory testing

    • Core preparation; Testing; Interpretation

    • Failure theories

    • Failure envelopes from laboratory testing

    • Acoustic measurements – Introduction

    • Acoustic measurements – Application

  • In-situ Stresses & Pore Pressure

  • Sand Production

  • Borehole Instability

  • Hydraulic fracturing and rock mechanics

Course Description