At the end of the course, the student will be able to
- perform drained/undrained triaxial tests on a soil;
- characterize the soils in triaxial cell;
- models (constitutive equations) a soil using laboratory test results;
- implement and solve the obtained constitutive model in a continuum solver for
- infrastructure/building design;
- design of a number of challenging geotechnical engineering problems;
- choose the most suitable technique to improve the behavior of a given soil and characterize it in the lab.
All civil engineering structures are founded on the ground. Soil Mechanics is therefore an essential element in the design of the built environment, whether it forms the foundation of structures or it is used as building material, such as for embankments and dams, cuttings, roads, channels and waterways, railways, mining infrastructure or waste disposal facilities. Soil Mechanics provides a common language for describing the nature and engineering behaviour of soils. It describes the theoretical and empirical framework on which geotechnical engineering design is based.|
The introductory BSc Grondmechanica course (CiT-M5) has introduced thefundamental concepts of soil mechanics theory, the hydraulic behaviour of soils and
its application to civil engineering design.
This advanced course focuses on the theoretical and quasi-theoretical approaches for
solving problems in the broad soil mechanics areas of stress analysis and consolidation theory. The connection between physical and theoretical modeling is explored, as well as the applicablity of each in engineering practice.
The primary objectives of the course are: (i) to better understand fundamental aspects
of the stress-strain response of soil, (ii) to study constitutive concepts for modelling the stress-strain behaviour of soil, (iii) to expose the student to various advanced laboratory and field tests for soils, and their interpretation and (iv) to learn through case studies and application, how soil should be considered in civil engineering design.
The proposed topics will include:
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, laboratory assignments, coursework assignments and selfstudy material. Emphasis will be given to the connection between theoretical framework and laboratory/in-situ testing.
- basic elasticity and plasticity theory,
- anisotropy and strain-rate effects,
- concept of plastic yielding and failure criteria (Drucker-Prager, Tresca, Mohr-
- Coulomb, Lade, etc),
- laboratory and in-situ measurement of soil properties,
- basic constitutive models for soils in drained and undrained conditions,
- critical state soil mechanics, and applied soil mechanics.