Geomechanics 1

Description

Covers the basic principles of soil mechanics and engineering geology as a foundation for geotechnical modelling and rock mechanics. It aims to introduce students to the concepts and vocabulary of geotechnical engineering and to provide a basis for the geotechnical engineering strand.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To identify and understand the physical and chemical properties of soils and rocks of engineering interest.

2. Understand the basic concepts of engineering geology and know how to apply them in civil engineering practice.

3. To understand the central role played by the principle of effective stress in soil mechanics and geotechnical design.

4. To calculate flow rate of water through saturated soil using Darcy┬┐s law and flow theory.

5. To understand the theory of one dimensional consolidation in soft soils.

6. To estimate the stresses in soils and the deformation properties of soils and introduce the concepts of settlement and consolidation.

7. To illustrate the basic properties of soils and rocks by laboratory methods and field work.

Content

An introduction to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering.

Topics include:

physical properties and classification of soil and rock, index properties of soil and rock, behaviour of rock mass, rock structures, site mapping, soil classification, weathering, the colloidal behaviour of clays, soil chemistry, capillarity, seepage and flow nets, the principles of effective stress, settlement, consolidation and compaction.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in CIVL1121 Mechanics and Materials or GENG1001 Introductory Mechanics.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

Report: Excursion and Excursion Report *

In Term Test: Geology Practical Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all laboratories is compulsory.
  • Field Study: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - The field trip provides students a course critical context for the material presented in class. Participation during the field trip is required.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2.5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory for 2.5 hrs/week for full term (average).

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term