Course Code: 5620563
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. M. YENER ÖZKAN
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims to provide the students with knowledge and skills related to the theoetical concepts of soil mechanics, in a more advanced curriculum than the undergraduate soils mechanics courses offered. Special emphasis is given to geomechanics related elasticity concepts to be used in analytical and numerical models, stress and strain paths, one dimensional consolidation theory as well as the whole consolidation phenomemon and finally, problematic soils.

Course Content

The nature of soils. Stresses within a soil mass. States of stress. Mohr circle. Stress paths. Effective stress principle. Stress-strain relationships. Concepts from elastic theory. Capillarity in soil. Swelling and shrinkage. Consolidation theory. Settlement in sands. (F)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will be able to: - Have an understanding, and calculation of the stresses and strains that the soils are subjected to in the elastic range, in a three dimensional state of stress. - Decide on the loading history of soil and the associated stress/strain paths based on supplied data. - Fully understand the assumptions of the one dimensional consolidation theory and clearly decide on selecting/modifying the design parameters for consolidation settlement calculations in design process. - Identify and classify swelling and collapsible soils based on laboratory test results.