GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I – EN4723

Spring 2005

COURSE OUTLINE

**Soil description and classification:**definitions; phase relationships; mechanical analysis; Atterberg limits; methods of classification**Soil compaction:**Standard and Modified Proctor tests; factors affecting compaction; field compaction**Flow of water in soils:**Darcy’s law; measurement of properties in the lab and in-situ; 2D flow; Laplace’s equation; flownets and numerical solutions for confined and unconfined flow**Effective stress concept:**stresses in saturated soils; seepage forces; instability of soils due to seepage; filters**Stresses in a soil mass:**stress distribution under loads in an elastic, homogeneous and isotropic half space**Compressibility of soils:**1D consolidation theory; normal- and over-consolidation;*e*– log*p*plots; settlement due to 1D primary consolidation; secondary consolidation; foundation settlements

TEXTBOOKS

Required:

- B.M. Das, "Principles of Geotechnical Engineering", Brooks/Cole, 5th edition, 2002.
- B.M. Das, "Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual", 6
^{th}edition.

Recommended:

- R.D. Holtz and W.D. Kovacz, "An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering", Prentice Hall, 1981.
- D.F. McCarthy, "Essential of Soil Mechanics and Foundations - Basic Geotechnics", Prentice Hall, 2002.