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Course unit
IN02103626, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0517, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track GEOTECNICA [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL GEOTECHNICS
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 SIMONETTA COLA ICAR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/07 Geotechnics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: "Geotechnics"; "Analysis and Geotechnical modelling"
Target skills and knowledge: Staring from the basic of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnics, the main purpose of this course is to supply to the student the abilities for analysing and solving the principal geotechnical problems in the field of environmental protection.
Examination methods: Before accessing to the exam the student has to prepare together with some colleagues an exercitation and some laboratory tests.
The exam will be written or oral and will concern the arguments presented in class and developed within the exercitation and/or the laboratory activities.
Assessment criteria: The student preparation will be evaluated checking the comprehension of the arguments presented in the class and the ability to solve real problems related to the same arguments.
Course unit contents: Short review of soil mechanics.
Introduction to rock mechanics and basic features of the properties and behavior of rock masses in relation to the slope stability problems.
Slope stability: Types and causes of slope instabilities; effect of water; principal methods for the slope stability analysis in rock and soil; analysis of flowslide propagation; risk maps.
Slope monitoring: monitoring of displacements and pore water pressure; traditional and advanced methods.
Stabilization interventions: geomorphological modifications; drainages; active and passive reinforcements; national regulations.
Waste landfills: types; national and international regulations; hydrological balance; capillary barriers; permeability of soils and wastes; use of geosynthetics in landfills; design of bottom and lateral barriers and final capping; shear strength of wastes; internal stability analyses for landfills.
Subsidence: causes and effects; monitoring and control of subsidence.
Geothermal use of ground: fundamental principles of geothermic and design of a geothermal system.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons in class, seminars from external experts, laboratory exercitations in groups.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Powerpoint presentations of lessons available on Moodle platform of Dicea website.
The suggested books are for consultancy.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cornforth, Derek H., Landslides in practiceinvestigations, analysis, and remedial/preventative options in soils. Hoboken <New Jersey>: Wiley, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sharma, Hari D.; Lewis, Sangeeta P., Waste containment systems, waste stabilization, and landfills design and evaluation. New York: Wiley, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Qian, Xuede; Koerner, Robert M.;Gray, Donald H., Geotechnical aspects of landfill design and construction. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo