Introductory Soil Mechanics
- Charles Dowding - 847/491-4338 - TECH A122
- Technological Institute LG66 - MoWeFr 10:00AM - 10:50AM
- COURSE DESCRIPTION / Fundamental properties and behavior of soils as engineering materials. Origin of soils through the properties of soil components, to the strength, permeability, and deformation of soil masses.
- CIV_ENV 216-0, Mechanics of Materials
- By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1) Understand soil as a three-phase material and the definitions used to relate the phases;
2) Determine the classification of soils through testing and visual observations;
3) Relate water flow concepts from Fluid Mechanics to flow through soil and understand how water affects effective stress;
4) Understand the compaction process and its specification as it applies to use of soil as a construction material;
5) Calculate the magnitude and time rate of consolidation induced settlement resulting from changes in effective stress;
6) Relate the two dimensional stress state in soil under load to shearing strength;
7) Provide experimental laboratory exercises to verify objectives 2-6.
- This is arguably the first "real" engineering course that many students will take in the sense that problems encountered are more "open-ended" with a range of "right answers" in many instances, and they draw upon synthesizing concepts from preceding courses punctuated by an occasional need for engineering judgement. HOMEWORK / Solution of approximately 60 homework problems and preparation of six laboratory reports is required.
- Being ordered for purchase at Norris Bookstore:
Intro to Geotechnical Engineering / Holtz / ISBN 978-0132496346 / 2010 / 2nd / Prentice Hall
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