Vladimir Frid, Ph.D.

Geophysics, Geology and Rock physics




    Subjects that can be taught (semesterial courses)
For the bacheler degree Third year and post graduate courses

Higher Education

1. For the bacheler degree

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  1. Introduction and methods in geophysics
    Normal electric and magnetic fields, fields of specific sources, polarization, electromagnetic field, resistivity method, method of electrochemical polarization, methods of magneto-telluric field, electromagnetic sounding, radio-wave methods, seismic wave, kinematics of seismic waves, different modification of seismic methods.

  2. Seismic hazards
    Earthquake: elastic waves, energy and magnitude, destruction structure, principals and methods of Earthquake forecast.

Rock mechanics and geological engineering

  1. Introduction to rock mechanics (+ laboratory and exercises)
    Engineering properties of unfractured rocks, failure criteria of brittle rocks, engineering properties of failured surfaces, failure mechanism of fractured rocks, rock classifications.

  2. Introduction to hydrology
    Global water and the components of the hydrological cycle, evaporation, atmospheric moisture, precipitation, water circulation in the lithosphere, water balance, climatic change, soil moisture, ground water.

  3. Introduction to engineering geology (+ exercises)
    Engineering geology classification of rocks, weathering and water activity and their influence on rock engineering properties, rock deformation and displacements, methods of engineering geology investigations for different building types.


Courses taught

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Subjects that can be taught   (semesterial courses)



    2. Third year and post - graduate courses

a. Courses already taught (semesterial):

Rock mechanics and geological engineering

  1. Introduction to rock physical properties
    Elastic, acoustic, thermal, electric and magnetic properties, rock radioactivity, inter-relation between different rock properties.

  2. Fracture mechanics
    Introduction to elastic theory, introduction to dislocation theory, mechanism of plastic deformation, brittle, brittle-plastic and plastic failure, fatigue, several failure theory: Griffith, Coulomb-Mohr, Von Mises, kinetics, statistics.


  1. Applied geophysical methods for the rock stress estimation Ultrasonic, seismo-acoustic, acoustic emission, electric and electromagnetic, thermal and radiometric methods: in lab and in situ for rock stress estimation.

  2. Rock testing by geophysical methods
    Rock sample strength testing - compression, tension, shear; soil strength testing in lab, triaxial strength testing, deformation testing, fatigue and creep, dynamic testing, short-term methods of physical-technical parameters testing, press types, equipment for high pressure investigation, rock investigation in situ, borehole investigation, large scale investigation in situ, investigation of soil bearing capacity, investigations of acoustical properties, acoustical investigation in situ, investigations of electromagnetic and thermo-physical properties.

b. Courses that can be taught:

Rock mechanics and geological engineering

  1. Introduction to soil mechanics (+ laboratory and exercises)
    Different engineering soil classification, engineering soil properties: porosity, density, humidity, groundwater penetration, penetration coefficient, consolidation, compaction, stress distribution in soil, shear strength, soil strength.

  2. Tunnel rock engineering (+ exercises)
    Mechanics of rock mass deformation, geomechanical model of rock mass, mechanical process around the horizontal and vertical tunnels, rock pressure calculation schemes, stability of non-supported tunnels, different constructions of tunnel support, schemes of support calculation.

  3. Engineering of surface stability (+ exercises)
    Rock deformation near mine workings: vertical, horizontal, inclined, convergence, different models of tunnel roofs, calculation schemes of rock deformation, rock deformation near vertical tunnels, earth surface deformation above mine workings: different models, time factor; damage types due to earth surface deformation, theory of slope stability: types of slope failure, stability condition, sliding surface, quarry slope calculation.

  4. Dynamic failure
    Static deformation of structural solid state, dynamic model of structural solid state, destruction structure due to deformation rate changes, earthquake: elastic waves, energy and magnitude, destruction structure, mechanics underground explosion.

  5. Mechanics of building foundations (+ exercises)
    System soil - foundation, theory of limited conditions, shallow foundation: constructions, calculation schemes, methods of foundation strength increase, deep foundations: types, calculation schemes, foundation and water - protection principals, dynamic stress.

  6. Physical modeling of rock pressure
    Principals of physical modeling in rock mechanics, geometric similarity, similarity of physical fields, pi-theorem, dimension analysis, conditions of mechanical similarity, conditions of hydro-mechanical similarity, thermal similarity, similarity theorems, equivalent materials, rock mechanics modeling.


For the bacheler degree Third year and post graduate courses


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