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Department of Civil Engineering University of Nottingham

Geotechnics 1 (H21G11) Spring Semester 2009

Lecturer

Dr D Wanatowski

2009 • • Summary . permeability. plasticity and compaction.principally those concerning effective stress. To give students experience in an individual study approach to learning and problem solving Geotechnics 1 .Page 1 .uk Module structure • • • Lectures (handouts will be given) o Example problems o Laboratory sessions Coursework assignments (30%) o Lab report 1 – Soil description (6%) o Lab report 2 – Permeability (6%) o Lab report 3 – Index Testing (8%) o Example problems – The Mohr Circle (10%) 2 hour examination (70%) Time and venue Wednesday Friday 10:00 – 12:00 (2 hours) 15:00 – 17:00 (2 hours) Pope C18 Chem X2 Note.Summary • • • • • • • • • • Lecturer Module structure Time and venue Module objectives Learning outcomes Reading list Additional references Syllabus Timetable Coursework submission Lecturer Dr Dariusz Wanatowski Office: Room B61. Coates Building Phone: 0115 95 13889 Email: dariusz. Laboratory sessions will be held in Geotechnical Lab – L2 Module objective • To introduce the fundamental principles of geotechnics .wanatowski@nottingham.ac. To enable students to describe geotechnical materials.

7th edition. apply mathematical.Page 2 Geotechnics 1 .2009 . interpret and present experimental data in a variety of ways. manipulate. execution and reporting of investigations requiring the application of geotechnical engineering knowledge and understanding.Learning outcomes 1) Knowledge and understanding of: • • • mathematical methods appropriate to geotechnical engineering. use creativity. innovation and critical judgment in solving problems with limited or contradictory information and transfer the solutions as appropriate. manage time and resources in personal plans and work to deadlines. processes and components in geotechnical engineering to satisfy a need be creative in the planning. 1981. R. select and apply mathematical methods in analysing and solving problems appropriate to geotechnical engineering select and apply scientific and engineering principles to analyse and solve problems in geotechnical engineering design and evaluate systems. F. scientific concepts. W. principles and theories appropriate to geotechnical engineering. scientific and engineering techniques in the solution of geotechnical problems. apply mathematical. New Jersey. sort. scientific and engineering methods to analyse geotechnical problems and experiments carry out risk assessment and use technical equipment safely in laboratory work generate and process experimental data including an evaluation of the results and their validity. • Summary . New York. and Kovacs. 2004. Craig’s soil mechanics. work independently and in teams to obtain experimental data in the laboratory. 2) Intellectual skills to: • • • • 3) Practical skills to: • • • 4) Transferable skills to: • • • • • Reading list • Holtz. R.D. find. Craig. PrenticeHall. Spon Press. principles of design applied to conceptual and detailed design in geotechnical engineering. An introduction to geotechnical engineering.D.

D. Soil mechanics. 1999. An introduction to the mechanics of soils and foundations. 2nd ed. Principles of geotechnical engineering. 1985.V. London. and Mesri G. John Wiley & Sons. 1979. A guide to soil mechanics. Ground investigation • drilling and sampling • exploratory trenches and pits • in-situ testing • ground investigation reports Summary . 1969. Concepts and applications.B. Soil as a 3-phase material (phase relationships) 5. Coduto. Compaction 8. MacMillan. London. Peck R. Spon Press. Lambe T. Basic soil mechanics • stresses and strains • analysis of stress. Prentice Hall. • • • • Syllabus This module provides an introduction to the core areas of Geotechnics.W. 3rd edition. Bolton.. W.2009 . Soil description and classification • Particle sizing • BSCS (lab session • Index testing (lab session) 3.Page 3 Geotechnics 1 . M. McGraw Hill. and Whitman R.P. 1996. 2004. Soil mechanics in engineering practice. Soil mechanics. Das B. Principles and practices. Water in soils • Basic groundwater hydrology • Head and pore water pressure • Darcy’s law and permeability (coursework assignment) 4. Brooks/Cole.M. It covers the following topics: 1. New York. Total and effective stresses 7. Origin and types of soil 2. the preparation of the lecture notes has benefited from the following references: • • • Atkinson. 2004 Terzaghi K. 2004. Pacific Grove California. Geotechnical engineering. New Jersey. 5th edition. Powrie. J. John Wiley & Sons.Additional references In addition to the references given in the reading list (above). analysis of strain • the Mohr circle • stress-strain behaviour • stiffness and strength 6.

2 – Index testing (Group A)* Lecture 7. D)* Lecture 4. Basic soil mechanics Lab. please find someone to swap with and let me know before the lab session. Soil phase relationships Lecture 5. Ground investigation (part 1) Lab.Timetable Week 1 (19) 2 (20) 3 (21) 4 (22) 5 (23) 6 (24) 7 (25) 8 (26) Date Wednesday 28 Jan 09 Friday 30 Jan 09 Wednesday 04 Feb 09 Friday 06 Feb 09 Wednesday 11 Feb 09 Friday 13 Feb 09 Wednesday 18 Feb 09 Friday 20 Feb 09 Wednesday 25 Feb 09 Friday 27 Feb 09 Wednesday 04 Mar 09 Friday 06 Mar 09 Wednesday 11 Mar 09 Friday 13 Mar 09 Wednesday 18 Mar 09 Friday 20 Mar 09 Wednesday 22 Apr 09 Friday 24 Apr 09 Wednesday 29 Apr 09 Friday 01 May 09 Time 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 Place Pope C-18 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 Pope C-18 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 L2130 Chem X2 Pope C-18 Chem X2 Pope C-18 Chem X2 Format Lecture Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Lecture Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Laboratory session Lecture Subject matter Introduction Lecture 1. Soil description and classification Lab. Water in soils Lab. Ground investigation (part 2) EASTER VACATION (23 Mar – 19 Apr 09) 9 (31) 10 (32) 10:00 15:00 10:00 15:00 Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture Revision 1 Revision 2 (if necessary) If necessary If necessary *If you wish to change.2009 . Summary . 2 – Index testing (Group D)* Lecture 10. Total and effective stresses Lab. Origin and types of soil Lecture 2. 1 – Soil description (Groups C. 2 – Index testing (Group C)* Lecture 9.Page 4 Geotechnics 1 . Index testing Lecture 6. B)* Lecture 3. Compaction Lab. 2 – Index testing (Group B)* Lecture 8. 1 – Soil description (Groups A.

D All groups A B C D All groups Hand-in due 6th February 13th February 20th February 27th February 6th March 13th March 20th March 20th April Marked by 27th February 27th February 6th March 22nd April 22nd April 22nd April 22nd April 29th April Mark (%) 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 Summary .Coursework requirement Week 2 3 3-4 5 6 7 8 9 Assignment Soil description (lab) Soil description (lab) Permeability Index testing (lab) Index testing (lab) Index testing (lab) Index testing (lab) Example problems (soil mechanics) Group A.2009 . B C.Page 5 Geotechnics 1 .