# 101-0357-00L Theoretical and Experimental Soil Mechanics

Semester | Herbstsemester 2017 |

Dozierende | I. Anastasopoulos, O. Adamidis, R. Herzog |

Periodizität | jährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung |

Lehrsprache | Englisch |

Kommentar | Prerequisites: Mechanics I, II and III. The number of participants is limited to 60 due to the existing laboratory equipment! Students with major in Geotechnical Engineering have priority. Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received. |

Kurzbeschreibung | Overview of soil behaviour Explanation of typical applications: reality, modelling, laboratory tests with transfer of results to the practical examples Consolidation theory and typical applications in practice Triaxial & direct shear tests: consolidation & shear, drained & undrained response Plasticity theory & Critical State Soil Mechanics, Cam Clay Application of plasticity theory |

Lernziel | Extend knowledge of theoretical approaches that can be used to describe soil behaviour to enable students to carry out more advanced geotechnical design and to plan the appropriate laboratory tests to obtain relevant parameters for coupled plasticity models of soil behaviour. A further goal is to give students the wherewithal to be able to select an appropriate constitutive model and set up insitu stress conditions in preparation for subsequent numerical modelling (e.g. with finite elements). |

Inhalt | Overview of soil behaviour Discussion of general gaps between basic theory and soil response Stress paths in practice & in laboratory tests Explanation of typical applications: reality, modelling, laboratory tests with transfer of results to the practical examples Consolidation theory for incremental and continuous loading oedometer tests and typical applications in practice Triaxial & direct shear tests: consolidation & shear, drained & undrained response Plasticity theory & Critical State Soil Mechanics, Cam Clay Application of plasticity theory |

Skript | Printed script with web support Exercises |

Literatur | http://geotip.igt.ethz.ch/ |

Voraussetzungen / Besonderes | Lectures will be conducted as Problem Based Learning within the framework of a case history Virtual laboratory in support of 'hands-on' experience of selected laboratory tests Pre-requirements: Basic knowledge in soil mechanics as well as knowledge of advanced mechanics Laboratory equipment will be available for 60 students. First priority goes to those registered for the geotechnics specialty in the Masters, 2nd year students then first year students, doctoral students qualifying officially for their PhD status and then 'first come, first served'. |