Geomechanics 2

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geomechanics 2

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Content covered in course CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of soil mechanics. Its purpose is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.
    1. To understand the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for granular materials and its central role in geotechnical design
    2. To understand soil shear strength and strength parameters.
    3. To have an introduction to critical state soil mechanics
    4. To apply strength failure criteria to the analysis of strip and pad footings, gravity retaining walls and slope stability
    5. To reinforce the basic principles of soil strength using laboratory experiments.
    The content of the course includes failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil and rock.
    Specific topics covered in detail include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil models, foundation and retaining wall design, seismic behaviour of soils, and rock and soil slope stability.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.