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SCN1037080, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL MECHANICS
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge SIMONETTA COLA ICAR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/07 Geotechnics 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 12 13.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 COLA SIMONETTA (Presidente)
BREZZI LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 COLA SIMONETTA (Presidente)
BREZZI LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No prerequisite exits
Target skills and knowledge: Learning a good knowledge of the basics of soil mechanics, such as the soil classification systems for engineering, interaction between the solid and liquid phases present in soils, the stress-strain relationships usually adopted for describing the soil behavior and the methods for evaluating the relative parameters.
Learning a minimal knowledge of the geotechnical problems, such as the soil stress modifications induced by loading and calculation of subsequent settlements, the earth-pressure against simple retaining structures, the bearing capacity for shallow and deep foundations.
Assessment criteria: The oral exam has to verify the theoretical knowledge about soil mechanics learned by the student.
Course unit contents: Formation process of soils. Grain and aggregate properties. Cohesive and granular soils. Classification systems. Stresses and Strains in soil. Water state and its interaction with soil structure: the principle of effective stress.
Soil permeability, seepage theory and methods for flow net construction. Hydraulic instability phenomena.
Deposition and one-dimensional compressibility of cohesive soils. Consolidation theory and time-evolution of soil strains. Shear strength and failure criterions. Laboratory tests for determining shear strength and deformability properties. Liquefaction of granular soils induced by cyclic loads.
Plastic equilibrium and earth- pressure. Stability of simple retaining structures. Bearing capacity for shallow and deep foundations. Stress increments due to load and estimation of consequent settlements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 40 hours used for the class lessons, 6 hours for exercises developed in class, 6 hours for lessons in the geotechnical laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Power point presentation supplied to the student before lesson and individual notes from lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Colombo, Pietro; Colleselli, Francesco, Elementi di geotecnicaPietro Colombo, Francesco Colleselli. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Craig, Robert F.; Knappett, Jonathan, Craig's soil mechanicsrisorsa elettronicaR. F. Craig and Jonathan Knappett. London: Chapman and Hall/CRC, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

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