Course Code: 5620564
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

The main objective of the course is to provide an in depth knowledge about the shear strength of cohesionless and cohesive soils under drained and undrained loading conditions. The level of the material requires an audience with fundamental knowledge in undergraduate soil mechanics classes, and builds new information referring to that stage. Special emphasis is given on deformation characteristics of different types of soils under various loading conditions and critical state soil mechanics concepts. Yielding criteria other than Mohr-Coulomb criterion are also introduced.

Course Content

Concept of failure, Failure theories. Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion. Shear resistance between soil particles. Shear testing methods. Pore pressure parameters. Shear strength of cohesionless soils. Shear strength of cohesive soils. Types of stability analysis. (R)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will be able to: - Have a detailed idea of how soils behave under various loading types. - Will comprehend the steps required to assess shear strength parameters and pore pressure parameters in triaxial testing, under Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion; and calculate the shear strength of soils using laboratory test results. - The students will also have introductory knowledge in ciritical state soil mechanics and failure criteria other than Mohr-Coulomb criterion.