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October 4, 2022


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This class presents the application of principles of soil mechanics

It considers the following topics: the origin and nature of soils; soil classification; the effective stress principle; hydraulic conductivity and seepage; stress-strain-strength behavior of cohesionless and cohesive soils and application to lateral earth stresses; bearing capacity and slope stability; consolidation theory and settlement analysis; and laboratory and field methods for evaluation of soil properties in design practice.

Course Curriculum

  • Part II-1 Soil Composition, Index Properties and Soil Classification Unlimited
  • Part II-2 Soil Structure and Environmental Effects Unlimited
  • Part III-1 Dry Soil: Stresses Unlimited
  • Part III-2 Stress-Strain-Strength Properties Unlimited
  • Part III-3 Lateral Earth Pressures and Retaining Walls Unlimited
  • Part III-4 Shallow Foundations on Sand: Bearing Capacity Unlimited
  • Part IV-1 Effective Stress Principle and Capillarity Unlimited
  • Part IV-2 One-Dimensional Flow Unlimited
  • Part IV-2A Two-Dimensional Flow Unlimited
  • Part IV-3 Coefficient of Permeability Unlimited
  • Part IV-4 Stress-Strain-Strength Behavior of Saturated Clays Unlimited
  • Part IV-5 Lateral Earth Pressures Unlimited
  • Part IV-6 Slope Stability Unlimited
  • Part IV-7 Bearing Capacity Unlimited
  • Part V-1 Introduction, Pore Pressure Parameters and Undrained Shear Unlimited
  • Part V-2 Consolidation and Secondary Compression Unlimited
  • Part V-3 Stability Evaluation: Cohesive Soils Unlimited
  • Part V-4 Estimation of Design su in Practice Unlimited
  • Part V-5 Settlement Analyses Unlimited

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