Applied Soil Mechanics (300IGC014)

Basic Information

  • Course code number and name: 300IGC014, Applied Soil Mechanics.
  • Credits and contact hours: 3 credits, 4 hours per week.
  • Course coordinator: Iván Fernando Otálvaro
  • Type of course: Required.

Text book

  • Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice, 3th Edition, K. Terzaghi, R. B. Peck, G. Mesri, 1996.

Supplemental materials

  • Foundation Analysis and Design, 5th. Edition, J. E. Bowles, 1996.
  • Principles of Foundation Engineering, 5th Edition, B. Das, 2004.
  • Foundation Engineering, R. B. Peck, W. E. Hanson, T. H. Thornburn, 1982.
  • Soil Behavior and Critical State Soil Mechanics, D. M. Wood, 1992.
  • Landslide types and processes, D. Cruden, D. Varnes, D.,1996.

Specific course information

The objective of the course is to develop the skills necessary to solve geotechnical problems associated with the design and construction of civil engineering structures, using the concepts of the soil mechanics. Another objective of the course is the interpretation of the results obtained in laboratory and field tests.

Specific goals of the course

Learning objectives:
  • To solve geotechnical problems in civil engineering, applying the concepts of the soil mechanics.
  • To determine the soil-mechanical properties from the results of field and laboratory tests, considering the specific site conditions, load and service life.
  • To identify and apply the fundamental statistics concepts to define the effects of the soil properties variability in the pre-dimensioning of geotechnical structures.
  • To identify the different types of mass movements and their causes.
  • To determine the limit conditions of earth pressure on retaining structures.
  • To identify the feasibility of the earth-retaining structures in specific geotechnical problems.
  • To calculate the soil bearing capacity to support shallow foundations.
  • To quantify the effects on the soil by the application of external loads, including deformations.
  • To identify soil improvement techniques and their possible use in solving practical problems.
Relationship with student outcomes
Student Outcomes
Relevance 2 2 3 3 2 2

1: low relevance; 2: medium relevance; 3: high relevance.

Topics of the course

  • The lateral earth pressure problem.
  • Coulomb’s earth pressure theory.
  • Rankine’s earth pressure theory.
  • Earth-retaining structures. Gravity walls.
  • Cantilever retaining wall.
  • Seismic loading on retaining walls.
  • Sheet pile wall. Granular soils
  • Braced excavations.
  • Compaction curves. Field compaction control.
  • Bearing capacity introduction. The problem of the bearing capacity of soils
  • Bearing capacity theories. Criteria of Terzaghi, Meyerhoff, Hansen, Vesic.
  • Basic principles of shallow foundations design.
  • Slope Stability. Instability problems of natural slopes.
  • Cut and fill slope stability in granular soils.
  • Methods of stability analysis.
  • Soil improvement. Dynamic compaction. Vibroflotation. Preloading.
  • Drainage. Soil stabilization.
  • Standards of the National Institute of Highways (INVIAS).
undergraduate/dptocivileindustrial/appliedsoilmechanics.txt · Última modificación: 2014/10/18 10:59 por lsosorio
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