2021　Foundation Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Instructor(s)
Takahashi Akihiro
Class Format
Lecture
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-6(M111)  Fri5-6(M111)
Group
-
Course number
CVE.C310
Credits
2
2021
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2021/4/6
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Based on knowledge of soil mechanics, this course focuses on theories behind practical design of geotechnical structures and design concept of geotechnical structure, in particular,
1. how to assess stability of geotechnical structure considering reliability of various factors,
2. how to calculate stability of geotechnical structures using classic limit analysis, and
3. how to calculate stability of slope, shallow foundation and retaining structure.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to understand theories behind practical design of geotechnical structures and design concept of geotechnical structure, in particular,
1. how to assess stability of geotechnical structure considering reliability of various factors,
2. how to calculate stability of geotechnical structures using classic limit analysis, and
3. how to calculate stability of slope, shallow foundation and retaining structure.

Keywords

Limit equilibrium method, Limit analsysis, slope stability, bearing capacity, earth pressure, geotechnical structures

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Mainly lectures. Regularly assignments are given and their review is made in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction / Assessment of geotechnical structures stability considering reliability of various factors To understand design concept of geotechnical structures / To understand how to assess stability of geotechnical structures
Class 2 Modelling of geotechnical structures / Limit equilibrium method To understand modelling of geotechnical structures / To understand limit equilibrium method
Class 3 Exercise on application of limit equilibrium method to slope stability problem To understand limit equilibrium method
Class 4 Fundamentals of limit analysis To understand upper/lower bound theorems, kinemetically and plastically admissible velocity field and statically and plastically admissible stress field
Class 5 Fundamentals of limit analysis (classic method) To understand classic limit analysis method
Class 6 Exercise on application of limit analysis to slope stability problem To understand slope stability assessment by limit analysis
Class 7 Bearing capacity To understand bearing capacity
Class 8 Exercise on bearing capacity by limit analysis To understand how to estimate bearing capacity by limit analysis
Class 9 Shallow foundation To understand shallow foundation
Class 10 Exercise on design calculation of shallow foundation To understand design calculation of shallow foundation
Class 11 Earth pressures and retaining structures To understand earth pressures and retaining structures
Class 12 Exercise on design calculation of retaining structures To understand design calculation of retaining structures
Class 13 Geotechnical structure under seepage flow and earthquake To understand how to assess stability of geotechnical structures under seepage flow and earthquake
Class 14 Summary Review of the topics in this course

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

Akihiro Takahashi (2011) Geotechnical Engineering, Corona-sha (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kenji Ishihara (2001) Soil Mechanics, 2nd ed., Maruzen (in Japanese)
Osamu Kusakabe (2004) Soil Mechanics, Corona-sha (in Japanese)
Hakuju Yamaguchi (1984) Soil Mechanics, Giho-do (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignment (20%) and final exam (80%) => Assignment (100%) for 2021

Related courses

• CVE.C201 ： Soil Mechanics I
• CVE.C202 ： Soil Mechanics II
• CVE.N231 ： Concrete and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory I
• CVE.N331 ： Concrete and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory II
• CVE.C311 ： Geotechnical Engineering in Practice
• CVE.C401 ： Mechanics of Geomaterials
• CVE.C402 ： Stability Problems in Geotechnical Engineering
• CVE.C403 ： Geo-environmental Engineering
• CVE.C431 ： Physical Modeling in Geotechnics

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.