Courses Catalogue

Advanced Soil Mechanics

COURSE CODE: CIV7109
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course presents the application of principles of soil mechanics. It considers the following topics: the origin and nature of soils; soil classification; the effective stress principle; hydraulic conductivity and seepage; stress-strain-strength behavior of cohesion less and cohesive soils and application to lateral earth stresses; bearing capacity and slope stability; consolidation theory and settlement analysis; and laboratory and field methods for evaluation of soil properties in design practice.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION

To assess various design dynamic properties of soil, design of foundation for common machineries and also about the measures to isolate vibration due to the operations of machines.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to provide a theoretical framework for the analysis of deformation and failure of soils with application to several practical problems.  These  include  elasticity  for  linear  deformation,  plasticity  models  (including  critical  state  model)for non-linear deformation and limit equilibrium analyses for important geotechnical problems

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

·         Describe basic mechanics applied to soils

·         Define failure theory for soils and Shear Strength,

·         Describe limit equilibrium analyses for (a) slope instability, (b) lateral earth pressure, and (c) bearing capacity of foundations.

·         Describe elasticity for linear deformation of soils,

·         Define theory of plasticity for the nonlinear deformation of soils,

·         Describe critical state model for the deformation and strength of soils,

·         Define limit analyses for some geotechnical problems.