GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING II – EN6723

Fall 2003

COURSE OUTLINE

**Shear strength of soil:**Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, shear strength of sands and clays, shear strength measurement, stress paths.**Lateral earth pressure:**horizontal stresses in soil, Rankine’s and Coulomb’s theories of earth pressure, effects of groundwater, applications to earth retaining structures.**Soil bearing capacity:**ultimate bearing capacity equations, effects of groundwater, factor of safety, applications to shallow foundations.**Slope stability:**factor of safety, infinite slopes with and without seepage, stability of finite slopes: plane and circular failure surfaces, methods of slices, effects of groundwater.

TEXTBOOKS

Required:

- B.M. Das, "Principles of Geotechnical Engineering", 5
^{th}Edition, Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 2002. - J.E. Bowles, "Engineering Properties of Soils and Their Measurement", McGraw-Hill, 1992.

Recommended:

- Wolff, T.E. "Spreadsheet applications in geotechnical engineering", PWS, 1995
- R.D. Holtz and W.D. Kovacz, "An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering", Prentice-Hall, 1981.
- T.W. Lambe and R.V. Whitman, "Soil Mechanics" (SI Edition), John Wiley & Sons, 1979.
- McCarthy, D.F. "Essentials of soil mechanics and foundations, 5
^{th}Edition, Prentice Hall, 1998.