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Soil Mechanics, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

Geoteknik fk
Second cycle, G7008B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Soil Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic course in soil mechanics including soil physics and basic soil behavior. Stress-strain relationships in soils. Mean stresses and deviatoric stresses. Effective stress concept and consolidation theory. Bearing capacity. Classical consolidation theory and settlement calculation. Earth pressure against retaining walls. Slope stability with cylindrical slip surface. Common laboratory methods.

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
  To provide a deeper understanding of some areas of soil mechanics and foundation engineering and to introduce the student to ongoing research in some areas of soil mechanics. The students shall also see the application of the basic geotechnical concepts independent of specific tasks.
Further, the intention is to train the students to read complex comprehensive scientific literature.

Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (30%)
Principles of soil dynamics based on mass oscillator, wave propagation and equivalent elastic soil behaviour, Introduction into the basics of geotechnical earthquake engineering, vibration and vibration protection, liquefaction. Rehabilitation measures.

Strength and deformation properties of soils-constitutive modelling (30%). Laboratory and field methods for determination of strength and deformation properties of soils. Behaviour of soils under compression and shear. Reversible and irreversible deformation. The concepts of contractance, dilatancy and critical state. Laboratory test with performance of a triaxial test on a soil sample for termination of its strength and deformation properties. Theories for the constitutive modelling of soils, especially the flow theory of plasticity. Example from Cam Clay model (critical state theory). Computer laboratory with the application of a constitutive driver for the simulation of a triaxial test.

Slope stability and landslides (30%).
Different slide mechanisms. Classical methods of slope stability analysis with emphasis on drained analysis (co-analysis).Computer laboration with the drained analysis of a slope, comparison of different theories. Numerical methods of slope stability analysis. Geotechnical investigations inslide potential areas. Computer simulations with a commercial finite element software.

Case Histories (appr. 10%)
Some lectures given by experts and or practising engineers with focus on projects or special construction techniques in geotechnical engineering. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching is given in classes, including problem-solving and informal discussions. Laboratory work. Assignments solved by the students. Reading, summarising  and presenting a complex comprehensive research paper (Rankine lectures).

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Examination based upon written summary and the oral presentation of the research paper, fulfilled assignments and laboratory reports.

Jan Laue

Transition terms
The course G7008B is equal to ABG105

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Axelsson, K (1991). Beräkning av slänters stabilitet - Effektivspänningsanalys, koncept, Avd för Geoteknik, LTU, Luleå

Axelsson, K (1994). Constitutive modelling of soils on the basis of the theory of plasticity, Skrift 94:02, Avd för Geoteknik, LTU, Luleå

Axelsson, K. & Mattsson, H. (2016) Geoteknik Studentliteratur AB, Lund (in Swedish)

Craig, R.F (2004). Craig´s Soil Mechanics, seventh edition, Spoon press, London. ISBN 0-415-32703-2. 8th edition authored by Knappet, J and Craig, R.F.

Das, BM and Ramana, GV (2010), Principles of soil dynamics, Cengage Learning Emea; 2nd International student edition, ISBN-10: 0495411353

Studer,J., Laue, J. and Koller, M. (2007). Bodendynamik. Grundlagen, Kennziffern, Probleme und Lösungsansätze, Springer, Berlin (in German).

Sällfors, G (1984). Handbok för beräkning av slänters stabilitet, Publ. R53:1984, Byggforsknings-rådet, Stockholm

Towhata, I. (2008). Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Springer, Berlin.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Seminar essayU G#3.80MandatoryA07
0002Project workU G#3.70MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021