Soil Mechanics (300IGC013)

Basic Information

  • Course code number and name: 300IGC013, Soil Mechanics
  • Credits and contact hours: 3 credits, 6 hours per week.
  • Course coordinator: Ivan Fernando Otálvaro
  • Type of course: Required.

Text book

  • An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd Edition., R. D. Holtz, W. D. Kovacs, Th. C. Sheahan, 2010.

Supplemental materials

  • The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations, 2nd Edition, J. Atkinson, 2007.
  • Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice, 3th Edition, K. Terzaghi K., R. B. Peck, R. G. Mesri, 1996.
  • Soil Mechanics, W. T. Lambe, R. V. Whitman, 2002.

Specific course information

The course presents the fundamentals of the compositional and environmental variables that control the behavior of soils and the quantification of their hydraulic and mechanical properties for engineering purposes. The concepts of the conservation of linear and angular moment and of mass are used to describe the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of soils through the state variables: stress rate and void ratio, and compositional variables: distribution and grain size and plasticity characteristics.

Specific goals of the course

Learning objectives:
  • To apply the tools of basic mechanics to describe the mechanical behavior of the soil.
  • To identify the origin and composition of the soil.
  • To quantitatively describe the flow of water in the soil.
  • To define the variables influencing the volume change of the soil.
  • To measure the shear strength of the soil.
  • To measure the features of soil compaction.
Relationship with student outcomes
Student Outcomes
Relevance 2 2 2 3 2

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

Topics of the course

  • Definition of geotechnical engineering.
  • Soil mechanics vs. rock mechanics.
  • Universal laws and constitutive models.
  • Graphical construction of Mohr´s circle.
  • Stresses due to surface charges.
  • Origin and soil formation.
  • Mineralogy.
  • Soil composition, form, size and distribution of particles.
  • Mass-volume relations.
  • The soil as a porous medium and size distribution of the pores.
  • Flow of water in the soil. Hydraulic conductivity. Dimensional flow.
  • Volumetric consolidation rates.
  • Shear strength. Study of shear strength in the laboratory.
  • Shear strength. Behavior of clays.
  • Shear strength. Shear strength of partially saturated soil.
  • Soil compaction theory.
undergraduate/dptocivileindustrial/soilmechanics.txt · Última modificación: 2014/10/18 10:19 por lsosorio
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