Soil Mechanics (CE2323)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Recommended Book(s)

Basic Soil Mechanics, Whitlow R., Latest Edition

Reference Book(s)

Geotechnical Engineering, Donald P. Coduto

Course Objectives

1. Have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to understand the measurement techniques and equipment used in soil mechanics and foundation engineering. 2. To enable students to understand theory and practice of soil mechanics. 3. To enable students to solve soil related problems. 4. To develop skills to use modern soil mechanics equipments.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

CLO:1            Gain the ability to identify the natural processes occurring on surface of earth.

CLO:2            Gain a basic understanding of fundamentals of soil behavior and soil classification systems.

CLO:3            Gain the ability to solve a range of soil related problems, especially those involving water flow and soil settlement.

CLO:4            Gain the ability to use modern soil mechanics equipment and soil investigation procedures.

Course Contents

Introduction  

  • Applications of soil mechanics in engineering practice

  • Types of soils and their properties

  • Formation of soils

Index Properties of Soil

  • Weight-volume relationships

  • Plasticity of soil

  • Structure of soil

Engineering Classification of Soil

  • Important classification of soil

  • Grain size distribution by sieve analysis

  • Hydrometric analysis

  • Atterberg's limits

  • Classification systems

Permeability in Soils

  • Darcy's law

  • Factors affecting permeability

  • Laboratory and field determination of permeability

Seepage in Soils

  • Introduction to equipotential lines

  • Introduction to flow nets

  • Estimation of seepage quantity and gradients

Stress Distribution and Shear Strength of Soil

  • Geostatic stresses

  • Total stresses and pore pressure

  • Columb's law

  • Shear strength of cohesive and non-cohesive soils

  • Laboratory and field tests for determination of shear strength

Soil Compaction

  • Mechanism, moisture density relationship

  • Compaction standards

  • Factors affecting compaction

  • Field control and measurement of in-situ density

  • Field compaction equipment

  • Relative density

 

 

Mapping of CLOs to Program Learning Outcomes

                     CLO’s

CLO-1

(Natural Processes on Earth’s Surface)

CLO-2

(Soil Classification Systems)

CLO-3

 (Solution of Soil Problems )

CLO-4

 (Equipment Usage)

PLO’s

PLO-1

(Engineering Knowledge)

 

PLO-2

(Problem Analysis)

 

 

 

PLO-3

(Design/Development of Solutions)

 

 

 

 

PLO-4

(Investigation)

 

 

 

 

PLO-5

(Modern Tool Usage)

 

 

 

 

PLO-6

(The Engineer and Society)

 

 

 

 

PLO-7

(Environment and Sustainability)

 

 

 

 

PLO-8

(Ethics)

 

 

 

 

PLO-9

(Individual and Team work)

 

 

 

 

PLO-10

(Communication)

 

 

 

 

PLO-11

(Project Management)

 

 

 

 

PLO-12

(Lifelong Learning)

 

 

 

 

Mapping of CLOs to Assessment Modules

CLOs

CLO:1

CLO:2

CLO:3

CLO:4

Assessment Modules

Assignments (20-25%)

 

 

 

Quizzes (15-20%)

 

Midterm Exam (20%)

 

 

Final Exam (40-45%)