The course focuses on fundamentals of analysis methods, including soil-water coupled finite element analysis and material point method, for stability problems in geotechnical engineering. The course also covers recent topics in underground construction and soil improvement.
This course facilitates students' understanding of soil-water coupled finite element analysis and recent advancement in geotechnical engineering.
Students are expected to understand fundamentals of analysis methods, including soil-water coupled finite element analysis and material point method, for stability problems in geotechnical engineering. Students also gain knowledge of recent topics in underground construction and soil improvement.
finite element method, soil-water coupled analysis, consolidation, stability analysis, excavation and tunnelling, ground improvement
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Mainly lectures. Regular assignments are given and their reviews are made in the next class.
|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||Stability analysis using finite element method (AT)||To understand stability analysis using finite element method|
|Class 12||Material point method (AT)||To understand material point method|
|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|
Handouts will be provided by the instructors.
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
Assignments (80%) and attendance (20%)
No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.