2016 Soil Mechanics II

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Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kitazume Masaki 
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Tue3-4(M114)  Fri3-4(M114)  
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Course description and aims

In this course the instructor lectures on the fundamental properties of soil such as its compressive properties and shear properties. Additionally, the instructor will lecture on applying them to stability problems (slip circle failure, earth pressure), on the basis of shear properties.

Student learning outcomes

Students will study the soil mechanics of consolidation and shear behaviors. They will
1) be able to explain the principle of effective stress.
2) be able to explain consolidation theory and influencing factors.
3) be able to explain soil failure criteria.
4) be able to explain shear behavior and influencing factors.
5) understand Critical State Theory which explains consolidation and shear behaviors.


Principle of effective stress, consolidation behavior, shear behavior

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures will usually be held in the class room.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction - Ground settlement, stability, principle of effective stress - explain the ground failure and ground deformation
Class 2 Compressibility of soil, One dimensional consolidation theory explain the consolidation theory and formulation of one dimensional consolidation theory
Class 3 Analysis of one dimensional consolidation theory explain the one dimensional consolidation theory and calculation of consolidation behavior
Class 4 Consolidation testing method (oedometer test and constant strain consolidation test) explain the laboratory consolidation test and its application
Class 5 Study on consolidation ground settlement Study consolidation behavior and its application to practical problems
Class 6 Vertical drain method explain the outline of vertical drain method and its design and construction
Class 7 Intermediate examination and explanation Intermediate examination and explanation of the test
Class 8 Consolidation properties of soil explain the consolidation theory and its applicability and validity to practice
Class 9 Soil failure, Mohr and Coulomb failure criteria explain the soil failure behavior, failure criteria and shear behavior
Class 10 Shear testing method explain the laboratory and field shear tests
Class 11 Stress path for drained shear test explain the failure and stress path of soil under drained shear
Class 12 Stress path for undrained shear test explain the failure and stress path of soil under undrained shear
Class 13 Ground survey on in-situ soil strength and deformation properties explain the field ground survey techniques and soil disturbance effect
Class 14 Critical state theory Explain the critical state theory and its applications
Class 15 Application to stability problems explain the application of consolidation and shear theories to ground stability problems


Soil mechanics, by Prof. Ishihara

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Printed material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignment (10%), report (10%) and examination (80%)

Related courses

  • CVE.C201 : Soil Mechanics I
  • CVE.C310 : Foundation Engineering
  • CVE.N231 : Concrete and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory I
  • CVE.C401 : Mechanics of Geomaterials
  • CVE.C402 : Stability Problems in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVE.C403 : Geo-environmental Engineering
  • CVE.C431 : Physical Modeling in Geotechnics
  • CVE.C432 : Rock Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are recommended to first take Soil Mechanics 1.

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