GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING II – EN6723

Fall 2003

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. Shear strength of soil: Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, shear strength of sands and clays, shear strength measurement, stress paths.
  2. Lateral earth pressure: horizontal stresses in soil, Rankine’s and Coulomb’s theories of earth pressure, effects of groundwater, applications to earth retaining structures.
  3. Soil bearing capacity: ultimate bearing capacity equations, effects of groundwater, factor of safety, applications to shallow foundations.
  4. 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.

 

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