ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS - 2020/1
Module code: ENGM269
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This module is designed to provide insights into aspects of advanced soil mechanics, which are necessary to carry out design of geotechnical structures and foundations.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
CUI Liang (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: H250
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
A knowledge of basic soil mechanics to FHEQ Level 6
Indicative content includes:
- Revision of basic soil mechanics
Index properties of soil, soil classification, charicterisation and testing, permeability, compressibility and consolidation, fundamental soil testing
- Strength of soil
Effective stress concept, undrained strength of clay, drained strength of sand and clay (peak, residual, critical state)
- Soil stiffness
Undrained/drained modulus, Young’s modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, strain level, stiffness variation against depth, anisotropy.
- Constitutive models for soil
Basic FE in geotechnical engineering, stress paths, compression and swelling, normal compression line (NCL), critical state line (CSL), Mohr-Coulomb model, Cam-clay model, critical state framework
- Advanced soil testing
Cyclic triaxial tests, dynamic simple shear, bender element test, resonant column test.
- Site Investigation
Exloration and sampling, in-situ testing, interpretation of test data.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||2 HOUR EXAM||70|
The assessment strategy is centred on three units of assessment.
- The end-of-semester examination provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of soil constitutive model and soil stiffness and their ability to apply this understanding to solve engineering problems (LO's 1-4).
- One piece of coursework assessing the ability of students to select appropriate parameters and models to carry out FEM modelling on a practical problem and ability to apply the principles of soil models to carry out numerical calculations. (LO's 1, 3, 5, 6).
- One piece of coursework assessing the ability of students to conduct and analyse practical experiments, and to effectively represent the results graphically (LO's 4, 6)
Where appropriate, tutor support comment and feedback will be given in the lab sessions and lectures. Students will receive written feedback on the coursework.
- This module aims to introduce students to the deeper aspects of geotechnical engineering, including soil constitutive models, soil stiffness and its nolinearity and anosotropy, as well as their implications for geotechnical design. This module will also introduce the advanced soil testing methods for obtaining design parameters.
This module delivers teaching in the core subject of Geotechnics and cross-subject threads of Design (in particular of foundation) and Health and Safety (in particular in the laboratory classes)
|001||Make an appropriate choice of strength parameters to be used in geotechnical design for various ground conditions and loading conditions.||KCPT||SM6M, EA1M, D4|
|002||Make an appropriate choice of soil stifness in geochnical design.||KCPT||SM6M, EA1M, D4|
|003||Compare the advantages and limitations of typical constitutive models of soil||KCPT||SM5M, EA3M|
|004||Make an appropriate choice of soil testing, and interprete test data to obtain paramters for a range of geotechnical design scenarios such as the design of earth retaining structures.||KCPT||P2M, P3|
|005||Independent learning skills||T||D4|
|006||Synthesis and graphical presentation of data||T||D3M|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 33
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The module is delivered principally by lectures and supported by two laboratory classes which include cyclic triaxial test and resonant column test.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm269
Programmes this module appears in
|Bridge Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Structural Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Civil Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Civil Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.