101-0314-00L  Soil Mechanics

SemesterSpring Semester 2022
LecturersI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Civil Engineering BSc.


101-0314-00 GBodenmechanik4 hrs
Tue09:45-11:30HIL E 1 »
Thu13:45-15:30HIL E 1 »
I. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin

Catalogue data

AbstractFundamentals of soil mechanics: soil classification, influence of groundwater, stresses and deformations, shear strength of soil, slope stability analysis, mechanical compaction of soil, settlement calculation and site investigation
ObjectiveFundamentals in soil mechanics and geotechnics will be presented focusing on: soil as a multi-phase hydro-mechanical system, essential parameters for classification and description of soil, influence of water on the soil behaviour, stress-strain response and shear-strength of soil
ContentIntroduction and basic terms; soil classification ; influence of groundwater, water pressure on structures, hydraulic heave (piping), water flow and erosion; stresses, concept of effective stresses, influence of stress history and stress distribution; deformation, stress-strain relationship, 1D consolidation theory (time dependency of deformations); shear-strength, failure criteria and shear-strength parameters; slope stability, infinite slope limit equilibrium methods; mechanical compaction; settlement calculation; site investigation
Lecture notesExamples
LiteratureLang, H.-J.; Huder, J.; Amann, P.; Puzrin, A.M.: Bodenmechanik und Grundbau, Springer-Lehrbuch, 9. Auflage, 2010
Prerequisites / NoticeNotice: Laboratory exercises and online quiz (Moodle)
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Civil Engineering 2014; Version 01.08.2016 (Examination Block 2)
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationFreiwilliges Lernelement in Form von Moodle Tests, welches sich um 0.25 Notenpunkte verbessernd auf die Gesamtnote auswirken kann, insofern mind. 90% der Tests korrekt gelöst werden.
Written aidsTeil 1, Verständnisaufgaben: Keine Hilfsmittel sind erlaubt
Teil 2, Rechenaufgaben: Alle Hilfsmittel sind erlaubt ausser Kommunikationsmittel
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupCivil Engineering BSc (104000)

Offered in

Civil Engineering BachelorExamination Block 2OInformation