Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Covers the basic principles of engineering geology, soil mechanics and rock mechanics. It aims to introduce students to the concepts and vocabulary of geotechnical engineering within the context of conventional mechanics of materials and structures, and to provide a basis for the geotechnical engineering strand.
A1 To identify and understand the physical and chemical properties of soils and rocks of engineering interest.
A2 Understand the basic concepts of engineering geology and know how to apply them in civil engineering practice.
A3 To understand the central role played by the principle of effective stress in soil mechanics and geotechnical design.
A4 To calculate flow rate of water through saturated soil using Darcy's law and flow theory.
A5 To understand the theory of one dimensional consolidation in soft soils.
A6 To estimate the stresses in soils and the deformation properties of soils and introduce the concepts of settlement and consolidation.
A7 To illustrate the basic properties of soils and rocks by laboratory methods and field work.
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 and rock joints, 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.
Content covered in CIVL1121 Mechanics and Materials or GENG1001 Introductory Mechanics.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2.5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term