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.
- Semester 1 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Interpret the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for geomaterials and apply it in geotechnical analysis and design.
2. Calculate and explain soil shear strength and strength parameters.
3. Apply basic concepts in critical state soil mechanics to describe soil behaviour.
4. Apply strength failure criteria to the analysis of shallow foundations, retaining walls and slope stability.
5. Conduct basic laboratory experiments and derive soil shear strength and strength parameters from these experiments.
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.
Content covered in course CIVL2282 Introduction to Geomechanics (previously CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1).
Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz
Report: Lab Reports
Formal Examination: Formal Examination
Written Assignment: Assignments
Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term