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Course, academic year 2022/2023
Soil mechanics II - MG451P60E
Title: Soil mechanics II
Guaranteed by: Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics (31-450)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: summer s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:3/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: yes / unlimited
Key competences: critical thinking, data literacy, 4EU+ Flagship 3
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D.
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Annotation -
Last update: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2022)
The course provides a more in-depth knowledge of soil mechanics and, as such, presumes that the students are already familiar with the concepts thought in Soil mechanics I.
Here, we will explore how the mechanical behaviour of soils can be reproduced through relatively simple models in ways that can be used in engineering practice.
We will understand the most striking differences between saturated and unsaturated soils.
We will then describe the most typical geotechnical problems and tasks, such as the evaluation of the bearing capacity of foundations, the design of retaining walls, and the analysis of slope stability.
Finally, we will explore some methods for soil improvement and slope stabilisation, discussing how they are applied in practice.
The course comprises a number of tutorials and exercises.
Literature -
Last update: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2022)

Handouts and additional material will be provided during the course.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2022)

A combination of a written final test and/or oral exam will be considered for the final evaluation, also accounting for the content and time compliance of the solved exercises delivered during the course. The exact form of the examination will be agreed with the students during the course.

Syllabus -
Last update: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2022)

- Recap on continuum mechanics and hydraulics
- Fundamentals of unsaturated soil mechanics
- Critical state soil mechanics
- Earth pressures and retaining structures
- Foundations
- Slope stability
- Coupled processes in soils
- Thermal geomechanics

Entry requirements -
Last update: Gianvito Scaringi, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2022)

We will revise some of the basic topics from Soil Mechanics I, but you are expected to be familiar with them already. 

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