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INM0014871, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0510, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
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
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

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 of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 96 204.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Prerequisites: The knowledge of continuum mechanics and fluid mechanics is required (Science of Construction and Hydraulics)
Target skills and knowledge: The student will have to acquire basic knowledge on the soil mechanics and on the statics of geotechnical works in order to transfer this knowledge into the engineering design of environmental and territorial projects.
Examination methods: For in-course students:
there are three written examinations, 3-hours each, to be held at the end of October, November and in mid-January, and a final oral exam to be held in the February session.
For out-of-course students:
a 4-hour written assessment and an oral exam are required.
Assessment criteria: For both in-course and out-of-course students, the final evaluation will indicate the candidate's aptitude in transferring the theoretical aspects of the Geotechnics into the engineering practice.
The grade obtained in the written test will be integrated with the result of the oral test, during which language property and clarity of the exposition will also be appraised.
Course unit contents: -Soil classification:
soil nature, phase relationships, index and physical properties, soil classification systems.
-Soil compaction:
theory of compaction, field compaction evaluation.
-Principle of effective stress:
total stress, neutral stress, effective stress, geostatic stress, capillarity stress.
-Soil permeability:
in laboratory evaluation of soil permeability, heterogeneity and anisotropy in soil permeability, permeability evaluation of soil deposits and wells theory.
seepage theory, flow nets, seepage through earth dams and excavations, seepage forces, critical hydraulic gradient, boiling, piping, heaving and erosion, filters.
-Induced stress in subsoil:
elasticity and plasticity, Boussinesq theory on induced stress in subsoil.
-Theory of consolidation:
general theory of consolidation, one-dimensional theory of consolidation, soil compressibility, oedometer test, consolidation settlements.
-Soil shear strength:
constitutive models, failure envelop, peak, critical and residual strengths, laboratory evaluation of shear strength, in situ evaluation of shear strength.
-Plastic Equilibrium:
lateral soil pressure and earth retaining structures, composite structures, shallow foundations, deep foundations, embankments, slopes and landfills, monitoring of earth works.
-Soil dynamics:
principles of seismology, dynamic soil characterization, seismic soil behaviour.
-Geotechnical design rules:
national and european rules.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning is based on the systematic frequency of the lessons carried out through a traditional teaching methodology. The course also includes a limited set of laboratory experiences on the soil mechanics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material consists of lecture notes and teaching material distributed during the course. Texts are suggested for consultation and exercises.
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 solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • dedicated numerical codes

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