2020 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
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon1-2(Zoom)  Thr1-2(Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
CVE.C402
Credits
2
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
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 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.

Student learning outcomes

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.

Keywords

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

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 (Discitisation in space and time domains and specification of boundary conditions) (AT) To understand discitisation in space and time domains and specification of boundary conditions
Class 5 Soil behaviour and modelling (Real soil behaviour / simple elasto-plastic models) (AT) To understand real soil behaviour and simple elasto-plastic models
Class 6 Soil behaviour and modelling (Cam-clay model) (AT) To understand Cam-clay model
Class 7 Consolidation analysis (Parameter determination) (AT) To understand parameter determination for consolidation problems
Class 8 Consolidation analysis (Calculation examples) (AT) To understand consolidation analysis
Class 9 Dynamic resonse analysis (AT) To understand dynamic response analysis
Class 10 Stability analysis using finite element method (AT) To understand stability analysis using finite element method
Class 11 Material point method (AT) To understand material point method
Class 12 Soil improvements & reinforcement (MK) To understand recent soil improvement technology
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

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)

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

Assignments (80%) and attendance (20%)

Related courses

  • CVE.C201 : Soil Mechanics I
  • CVE.C202 : Soil Mechanics II
  • CVE.C310 : Foundation Engineering
  • CVE.C311 : Geotechnical Engineering in Practice
  • CVE.C401 : Mechanics of Geomaterials
  • CVE.C431 : Physical Modeling in Geotechnics
  • CVE.M401 : Civil Engineering Analysis

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

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

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