Available in 2018

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces students to the principles of soil mechanics. The purpose of the course is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

6. Use critical state soil mechanics to interpret undrained and drained shear strength of soils


Content

  • Failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil, laboratory experiments to determine soil strength parameters
  • Specific topics include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil mechanics, design of shallow foundations and retaining walls, seismic behaviour of soils and slope stability analysis

Requisite

This course has similar content to CIVL3280. If you have completed CIVL3280, you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

Content from CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1 or equivalent


Assessment items

Report: Laboratory Reports

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Formal Examination: Final exam


Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term