Elementary Soil Mechanics

Elementary Soil Mechanics
Determination of stresses in soils, soil strength, consolidation, and settlement. Applications in fluid flow, lateral earth pressure, bearing pressure, and slope stability.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 203 & CE EN 270; CE En 332 or concurrent enrollment.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 341
Course Outcomes

Experimentation and Data Interpretation

1. (b) Perform basic laboratory tests on soils including seive analysi, Atterberg limits, compaction, direct shear, triaxial shear and consolidation. Be able to perform the basic calculations associated wtih laboratory tests on soils.

Communicate Geotech Test Results Effectively

2. (g) Communicate results of geotechnical tests effectively and explain their meaning in a clear and concise manner.

Soil classification/Soil Mineralogy

3. (m) Perform fundamental calculations and analyses including weight-volumen relationships and soil classification. Understand influence of soi structure and mineralogy on soil behavior.

Fluid flow in Soil

4. (m) Understand basic principles of flow through porous media including Darcy's law, the equation of continuity, seepage forces and flow nets.

Stress analysis in soil

5. (m) Understand how stresses are transferred through soils. Compute both geostatic stress (total stress, effective stress, and pore pressures) and induced stresses due to point, line and area loads.

Consolidation theory

6. (m) Understand basic consolidation theory. Compute the amoun of settlement and the time required for settlement under a given load.

Shear strength of soil

7. (m) Understand shear strength principles including Mohr-Coloumb failure criterion. Perform basic caluclations related to shear strength analyis.

Lateral earth pressures

8. (m) Analyze lateral earth pressures under at-rest, active and passive conditions.

Bearing capacity

9. (m) Perform bearing capacity analysis for spread footings of various shapes. Understand how bearing capacity equations are used in foundation design.