101-0314-10L  Soil Mechanics (for Environmental Engineers)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for Environmental Engineering MSc.

AbstractFundamentals of soil mechanics including key processes: classification, stresses and their distribution in soils, influence of groundwater in soils and on structures, piping, erosion and filters, stress-strain relationships, stress history, stiffness, strength, slope stability.
ObjectiveFundamentals in soil mechanics and geotechnics will be presented in order to:
* understand soil as a multi-phase hydro-mechanical system
* obtain parameters essential for classification and description of soil
* recognise key aspects of soil behaviour and the implications of this for obtaining and characterising the stress-strain response and deriving associated parameters (stiffness and strength).
ContentIntroduction, basic terms, classification.
Total and effective stresses, stress distribution in soils.
Influence of groundwater in soil, hydraulic fracture (piping), erosion and filters.
Stress-strain relationships, stress history, stiffness, strength.
Limit equilibrium, slope stability.
Lecture notesNotes with Web support:
http://geotip.igt.ethz.ch (also available in English)
Lang, H.-J.; Huder, J.; Amann, P.; Puzrin, A.M.: Bodenmechanik und Grundbau, Springer-Lehrbuch
8. Auflage, 2007
Prerequisites / NoticeExrercises, laboratory exercises in groups and offered virtually as computer aided learning (GEOTip)