Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Module Code: CEN212
Module Title: Basic Soil Mechanics
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: CEN110

 Aims The module aims to introduce the students to basic soil mechanics concepts (fluid flow, consolidation settlement and stress distributions in soil masses), and show how the fundamental principles of Soil Mechanics are applied to simple problems including the stability of slopes and pressures against earth retaining structures.
 Learning outcomes A. Describe soils, measure their basic properties, and use these to calculate other soil parameters.B. Calculate approximate stresses and effective stresses at any point below ground level, be able to carry out stress transformations using Mohr’s Circle, and be able to analyse laboratory stress-strain responsesC. Use graphical forms of, Bernoulli equation, Darcy’s Law, Hazens empirical formula, Young’s Equation, and the Laplace Equation during both the prediction and measurement of the interaction between a fluid and soil and on this basis solve 1D, 2D, and 3D fluid-soil interaction problems.D. Use approximations to assess the engineering stability of inclined soil masses including: moment equilibrium, Taylors friction circle, The Fellenius method of slices, and the use of engineering design curves.E. Generate engineering designs for shallow foundations taking into account considerations of bearing capacity and laboratory derived consolidation measurements.F. Suggest appropriate methods by which the engineering properties of the ground can be improved given a wide range of staring materials and engineering projects, and be able to suggest appropriate methods to monitor the grounds post-engineering behaviour.
 Method of teaching and learning The lectures are used to teach the background knowledge. Practical classes are used to teach how the real world behaviour of materials relates to the theoretical behaviour.
 Syllabus Lecture 1: Course IntroductionLecture 2: Basic characteristics of soilLecture 3: Seepage - part 1Lecture 4: Seepage - part 2Lecture 5: Stress transformationLecture 6: Effective stressLecture 7: Strain and soil strength 1Lecture 8: Strain and soil strength 2Lecture 9: Lateral earth pressureLecture 11: Consolidation 1Lecture 12: Consolidation 2Lecture 13: SettlementLecture 14: Estimating settlementLecture 15: Slope stability analysis – BasicsLecture 16: Slope stability analysis - Curved Failure SurfacesLecture 17: Critical slope failure surface and slope remediationLecture 18: Bearing Capacity 1Lecture 19: Bearing Capacity 2Lecture 20: MonitoringLecture 21: Ground improvementLaboratory classes: Direct shear test and Oedometer test.
Delivery Hours
 Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total Hours/Semester 48 12 12 78 150

## Assessment

 Sequence Method % of Final Mark 1 Examination 70.00 2 Laboratory Report 1 15.00 3 Laboratory Report 2 15.00
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