School of Earth and Environment

Dr Robert Fowell

Visiting Lecturer in Rock Engineering: Reader in Mining Engineering

Telephone number: c/o Bill Murphy (35232)
Email address:
Room: 10.18i

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute

Research Interests

  • Mining Engineering
  • Tunnel Engineering
  • Excavation Engineering
  • Tunnelling machine performance prediction
  • Cuttability determination
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock property determination and characterisation


A selection of publications

  • Fowell, R.J. and Xu, C. the use of the cracked Brazilian disc geometry for rock fracture investigations, Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci. Geomech. Abstr., 31 (6), pp.571-579 (1994).
  • Taylor, J., Fowell, R.J. and Wade L. Effects of abandoned shallow bord-and-pillar coal workings on surface development, Trans. Instn Min. Metall., (Sect. A: Min. Technol.), 109, pp.A140-145 (2000).
  • Karakus, M. and Fowell, R.J. FEM Analysis for the effects of the NATM construction technique on settlement above shallow soft ground tunnels, Proceedings of GeoEng2000, Melbourne, Australia (2000).
  • Sunuwar, S.C. and Fowell, R.J. Rock squeezing problems experienced in the Khimti Hydropower Project, Nepal, Proceedings of Eurock 2001, Rock Mechanics-a challenge for Society, Sarkka & Eloranta (Eds), Espoo, Finland, Swets & Zeitlinger Lisse, pp.711-716 (2001).