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School of Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND PLANNING ENGINEERING
Course unit
SOIL MECHANICS
INM0014871, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND PLANNING ENGINEERING
IN0510, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL MECHANICS
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PAOLO CARRUBBA ICAR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/07 Geotechnics 12.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 12.0 96 204.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 2018 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CARRUBBA PAOLO (Presidente)
CORTELLAZZO GIAMPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
COLA SIMONETTA (Supplente)
FAVARETTI MARCO (Supplente)
GABRIELI FABIO (Supplente)
SIMONINI PAOLO (Supplente)
9 2017 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CARRUBBA PAOLO (Presidente)
FAVARETTI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
COLA SIMONETTA (Supplente)
CORTELLAZZO GIAMPAOLO (Supplente)
GABRIELI FABIO (Supplente)
SIMONINI PAOLO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of fluid and fluid mechanics is required (Science of Construction and Hydraulics)
Target skills and knowledge: The student will have to acquire basic knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering in order to transfer these knowledge into the design of environmental and territorial projects.
Examination methods: For in-course students:
three written examinations are planned, 3-hours each, to be held at the end of the months of October, November and mid-January, and a final oral exam to be held at the February session.
For out-of-course students:
a 4-hour written assessment and an oral examination are scheduled.
Assessment criteria: For both in-course and out-of-course students, the final evaluation will indicate the candidate's aptitude in transferring the theoretical Geothecnical approach in the practical engineering. The grade obtained with the ongoing assessments or with the written test, will be integrated with the results of the oral assessment, during which the property of language and the clarity of the exposition will also be assessed.
Course unit contents: Soil description: soil nature, phase relationships, index and physical properties, soil classification systems.
Soil compaction: theory of compaction, field compaction evaluation.
Effective stress: principle of effective stress, geostatic effective stress, capillarity.
Soil permeability: in situ and in laboratory evaluation of soil permeability, heterogeneity and anisotropy in soil permeability.
Seepage: seepage theory, flow nets, seepage through earth dams and excavations, seepage forces, critical hydraulic gradient, heaving and piping, filters.
Induced stress in subsoil: elasticity and plasticity, Boussinesq solution.
Consolidation: one-dimensional theory of consolidation and soil compressibility, consolidation settlements.
Soil shear strength: constitutive models for soil strength, failure envelops, peak and critical strengths, residual strength, laboratory and in situ evaluation of shear strength.
Earth retaining structures: rigid, flexible and composite retaining structures.
Foundations: bearing capacity and settlements of shallow and deep foundations.
Earth works: dams, embankments and wastes.
Slope stability: translational slips, circular and non circular failure surfaces.
Soil dynamics: principles of mechanical vibrations, principles of seismology, dynamic behaviour of soils, seismic microzonation.
Geotechnical design: National, European and International rules.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activity is based on the systematic frequency of lessons; these will be carried out through a traditional teaching methodology. The course also includes a limited set of laboratory experiences on soil mechanics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The main study material is the lecture notes. Texts and tutorials are also suggested.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pietro Colombo, Francesco Colleselli, Elementi di geotecnica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Laura Tonni, Guido Gottardi, Esercizi di geotecnica. Bologna: Esculapio, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Riccardo Berardi, Fondamenti di geotecnica. Torino: Città Studi, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Dedicated calculation codes

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