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Soil Mechanics

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Course Unit Code224-0927/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated10 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Third Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter, Summer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
LAH43doc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The student is able to understand the environment in which they interact upper structure, foundation and subsoil Combines theoretical and practical knowledge of general mechanics of rigid bodies and deformable materials and environments with hydraulics, engineering geology and numerical methods in geomechanics.
Course Contents
Multiphase earth environment. Descriptive characteristics (moisture content, density and unit weight) and physical properties. Grain size distribution. Plasticity and consistency of soils, Atteberg´s limits. Classification of rocks and soils. Water flow soils, Darcy's law, the general flow equations, current network consolidation and its progress, hydrodynamic effects on structures. Natural body mechanics, linear elastic half-space, finite element method. Soil properties under load, triaxial deformation, rheological models in the theory of consolidation. Strength properties of soils. Laboratory and field testing, evaluation. Compressibility of soils, compressibility modulus. Deformation characteristics. Methods of calculation of slope stability and ensuring methods. Practical aspects of soil mechanics, soil as a building material, improving properties, temperature effects, the deconsolidation of soils.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Atkinson, J.: The mechanics of soils and foundations. McGraw-Hill Company, 1993
Šimek J. a kol.: Mechanika zemin. SNTL Praha 1990.
Hulla J. a kol.: Mechanika zemín a zakladanie stavieb. Alfa Bratislava 1995.
ČSN EN 1997-1 : 2006. Eurokód 7 - Navrhování geotechnických konstrukcí – část 1: Obecná pravidla. Praha: Český normalizační institut, 2006. 138 s.
ČSN EN 1997-2 : 2008. Eurokód 7 - Navrhování geotechnických konstrukcí – část 2: Průzkum a zkoušení základové půdy. Praha: Český normalizační institut, 2008. 152 s.
Recommended Reading:
Das, B.M.: Principles of Foundation Engineering. Broks/Cole Thomson, 2004,
Hulla J., Turček P.: Zakladanie stavieb, Bratislava 1999;
Aldorf a kol.: Geotechnické stavby. VŠB Ostrava, 1984;
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Individual consultations
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined