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Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya
IIT Kharagpur

 

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Broadly Geotechnical Engineering encompasses two distinct segments: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Soil Mechanics deals with study of physical properties of soils, and the relevance of these properties as they affect soil strength, stability, and drainage. Foundation engineering deals with (i) selection of foundation type based on building site conditions and site constraints, (ii) determining size and reinforcement of the foundation and (iii) finally construction of foundation element. This course will focus on the first, soil mechanics. Soil Mechanics is the basis for all geotechnical applications.. One has to learn basic principle of geotechnical engineering through soil mechanics and it is a core course for civil engineering in every college/university across the globe. Every aspect of soil mechanics starting from origin of soil to stability of soil slopes will be covered with great detail under this course.
 

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Topics

1.

Origin of soil and its Classification

2.

Three-phase diagram & Weight volume relationship

3.

Soil Compaction, seepage and permeability

4.

Effective stress concept and applications

5.

Bouusinesq’s theory and vertical stress distribution

6.

Shear Strength I

7.

Shear strength II

8.

Compressibility of soils

9.

Consolidation and time rate of settlement

10.

Earth pressure theory I

11.

Earth pressure theory II

12.

Introduction to Stability of slopes
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

Soil Mechanics by A Aysen 
2. Elements of Soil Mechanics by Smith and smith 
3. Craig’s Soil Mechanics by R F Craig 
4. Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Ranjan and Rao


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