2016 Stability Problems in Geotechnical Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Civil Engineering
Instructor(s)
Takahashi Akihiro  Kitazume Masaki  Takemura Jiro 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon1-2(M113)  Thr1-2(M113)  
Group
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Course number
CVE.C402
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The course focuses on fundamentals of analysis methods, including soil-water coupled finite element analysis, for stability problems in geotechnical engineering. The course also covers recent topics in geotechnical earthquake engineering problems, underground construction and soil improvement.
This course facilitates students' understanding of soil-water coupled finite element analysis and recent advancement in geotechnical engineering.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to understand fundamentals of analysis methods, including soil-water coupled finite element analysis, for stability problems in geotechnical engineering. Students also gain knowledge of recent topics in geotechnical earthquake engineering problems, underground construction and soil improvement.

Keywords

finite element method, soil-water coupled analysis, consolidation, dynamic ground response analysis, excavation and tunnelling, ground improvement

Competencies that will be developed

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

Mainly lectures. Regular assignments are given and their reviews are made in the next class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction (AT) To understand stability problems in geotechnical engineering
Class 2 Governing equations for soil-water coupled problems (AT) To understand derivation of soil-water coupled governing equations
Class 3 Finite element modelling (Weak-form of governing equations) (AT) To understand weak form of the governing equations
Class 4 Finite element modelling (Discritisation using shape function) (AT) To understand use of shape functions
Class 5 Finite element modelling (Discitisation in time domain and specification of boundary conditions) (AT) To understand discitisation in time domain and specification of boundary conditions
Class 6 Soil behaviour and modelling (Real soil behaviour) (AT) To understand real soil behaviour
Class 7 Soil behaviour and modelling (Simple elasto-plastic model) (AT) To understand simple elasto-plastic model
Class 8 Soil behaviour and modelling (Cam-clay model) (AT) To understand Cam-clay model
Class 9 Consolidation analysis (Parameter determination) (AT) To understand parameter determination for consolidation problems
Class 10 Consolidation analysis (Calculation examples) (AT) To understand consolidation analysis
Class 11 Dynamic ground response analysis (Parameter determination) (AT) To understand parameter determination for dynamic ground response analysis
Class 12 Dynamic ground response analysis (Calculation examples) (AT) To understand dynamic ground response analysis
Class 13 Underground construction (Open-cut) (JT) To understand recent open-cut methods for excavation
Class 14 Underground construction (Tunnelling) (JT) To understand recent tunnelling methods
Class 15 Soil improvements & reinforcement (MK) To understand recent soil improvement

Textbook(s)

Handouts will be provided by the instructors.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

For finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering:
D.M. Potts & L. Zdravkovic (1999) Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering - Theory, Thomas Telford
O.C. Zienkiewicz, A.H.C. Chan, M. Pastor, B.A. Schrefler & T. Shiomi (1999) Computional geomechanics - with special reference to earthquake engineering, John Wiley & Sons

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignment (50%) and final exam (50%)

Related courses

  • CVE.C201 : Soil Mechanics I
  • CVE.C202 : Soil Mechanics II
  • CVE.C310 : Foundation Engineering
  • CVE.M401 : Civil Engineering Analysis
  • CVE.C403 : Geo-environmental Engineering
  • CVE.C401 : Mechanics of Geomaterials

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

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

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