The aim of the course is to equip students with basic soil mechanics knowledge, to be able to analyse and solve from a quantitative point of view the most typical geotechnical engineering problems.
Expected learning outcomes
· Understand the key continuum mechanics tools to model the hydro-mechanical behaviour of porous media · Assess pore pressure distribution in 2D seepage problems · Use results obtained from the most common laboratory and insitu tests to obtain soil strength and deformability parameters, in view of the specific geotechnical problem at hand · Calculate shallow foundation settlements for both fine- and coarse-grained soils and their time evolution · Assess the safety of foundations in compliance with current design standards · Assess the safety of the main types of retaining structures in compliance with current design standards
GEOTECHNICS AND LABORATORY The course aims to provide to the student the ability to acquire to acquire the geotechnical parameters for the resolution of geotechnical problems. Stability analysis of soil works and soil-structure interactions will be treated. The course comprises lectures and practical exercises (computational or laboratory tests). The main subjects are: Shear behavior of sand and clay soils Clay oedometric behavior and settlements Granular soil settlements induced by shallow footings Design of sand drains Stability analysis of retaining walls, footings and piles