CS2005 - Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Engineering (pre 2015)
Engineering classification of soils, engineering characteristics and uses, phase relationships,
Atterberg limits, compaction. Origin of soils. Saturated and unsaturated soils, effective
stress and pore pressure, capillary effects simple stress states in soils. Permeability
and one-dimensional seepage, filter design, quick conditions. Consolidation. Shear
strength of soils, Mohr-Coulomb failure theory, direct shear and triaxial testing.
Foundation types, bearing capacity of shallow foundations, introduction to stresses
beneath footings. Lateral pressures on retaining walls, Rankine earth pressure theory,
design of simple retaining walls. Foundations on reactive soils, shrink-swell behaviour,
site classification. Simple site investigation, disturbed and undisturbed sampling.
- calculate the earth pressures on simple retaining walls and check their stability;
- classify soils from an engineering viewpoint and appreciate their likely characteristics;
- determine Mohr-Coulomb strength parameters given the results of standard laboratory
strength tests on soil;
- interpret the results from basic site investigations;
- perform standard laboratory classification and compaction tests and specify appropriate
methods and standards for field compaction;
- understand and perform calculations relating to moisture/density relationships, total
and effective stress and pore water pressure, permeability and one-dimensional seepage
in saturated soils;
- understand and perform simple calculations for stress beneath footings, bearing capacity,
Study Period 2
|Census Date 28-Aug-2014
||Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan.
- 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer
to Subject Outline for details.
||end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest