Course Code: 5620363
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(3-2)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. TÜRKER MİRATA
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

To introduce the students to the fundamental principles of soil mechanics and the behavior of engineering soils; how these properties are used to solve some civil engineering problems like earth pressure and slope stability is also covered.

Course Content

Introduction: engineering problems involving soils. Basic characteristics of soils, classification and compaction of soils. Principle of effective stress. Permeability and flow of water (seepage) in soils. Shear strength of soils. Slope stability. Lateral earth pressure theories. Consolidation theory.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will be able to *** perform the tests and operations needed to classify soils; *** perform the necessary tests, and evaluate seepage losses through and beneath dams; *** perform the necessary tests, and analyze the stability of slopes; *** Perform the necessary tests, and apply simple calculations for the estimation of settlements beneath uniformly loaded soil layers; *** Perform the necessary tests, and estimate the earth pressure on earth retaining structures.