William Pariseau, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Mining Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Mining Engineering
William Browning
135 S 1460 East Rm 00313
Salt Lake City, Ut 84112

Office: 315 WBB

>> Curriculum Vitae

1966 Ph.D Mining Engineering (Rock Mechanics Emphasis) University of Minnesota
1960 B.S. Mining Engineering (Geological Option) University of Washington (Seattle)

Fundamental and applied rock mechanics, especially stability of surface and underground excavations for mining purposes. Recent endeavors focused on equivalent properties theories and applications to jointed rock masses: elastic behavior, seepage, elastic-plastic and time-dependent plasticity (viscoplasticity) and on coupled problems (hydro-mechanical). Over 100 publications. Funded externally for many years from various sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Generic Mineral Technology Centers, Industry, and the National Science Foundation.

Research Statement

I am generally interested in science and engieering issues in rock mechanics. Naturally rock masses pose many interesting questions not present in the mechanics of manufactured materials. Numerous structural and material discontinuities in rock ranging over mm to kilometer scales of aggregation are the source of many key issues in rock mechanics. My research is aimed at developing greater realism in rock engineering through a rational approach to the central question of "What to do about the joints?". On occassion, coupled analyses are necessary, for example, in the area of high-level geologic containment of radwaste. Another example is in saturated rock masses. My approach is to integrate laboratory testing, finite element modeling, and mine measurements to test various hypothesis about jointed rock behavior, with the aid of graduate students.

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Keywords: Mining Engineering (2)