Geomechanics 2

Description

The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of soil mechanics. Its purpose is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for granular materials and its central role in geotechnical design

2. To understand soil shear strength and strength parameters.

3. To have an introduction to critical state soil mechanics

4. To apply strength failure criteria to the analysis of strip and pad footings, gravity retaining walls and slope stability

5. To reinforce the basic principles of soil strength using laboratory experiments.

Content

The content of the course includes failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil and rock.

Specific topics covered in detail include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil models, foundation and retaining wall design, seismic behaviour of soils, and rock and soil slope stability.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in course CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz

Presentation: Presentation (Optional)

Report: Lab Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Written Assignment: Assignments

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Term