Soil Mechanics, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

Geoteknik fk
Second cycle, G7008B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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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 11 Jan 2019

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. A number of subjects well aimed for student thesis work are also introduced. Further, the intention is to train the students capability of finding information and to present it in the form of a small research paper.


Soil Dynamics (25%)

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

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.

Heat transfer mechanisms and frost action in soils (5%).
Frost susceptibility (classification).Ice lens formation. Frost heave. Unfrozen water in frozen soil. Models for calculation of frost heave in a freezing soil. Permafrost and its technical and economical consequences.

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

Teaching is given in classes, including problem-solving and informal discussions. Laboratory work. Assignments solved individually by the students. Writing and presenting a research paper. Oral presentation.

Examination based upon written seminar paper and its oral presentation, assignments and lab reports.

Jan Laue

Transition terms
The course G7008B is equal to ABG105

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Axelsson K: Constitutive modelling of soils on the basis of the theory of
plasticity. Avd för geoteknik. Skrift 94:2, LTU.
Laboration manual and assignments. Avd för geoteknik. Skrift 98:6. LTU.
Knutsson S: Några synpunkter på tjälningsprocessen och dess
termodynamiska bakgrund. Avd för geoteknik. Skrift 85:8. LTU.
Knutsson S: Jordmaterialets värmetekniska egenskaper. Avd för
geoteknik. Skrift 85:9, LTU.
Knutsson S: Klimatbelastningar vid tjäldjupsberäkningar. Avd för geoteknik.
Skrift 85:10, LTU.
Towhata, I: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Sällfors G: Beräkning av slänters stabilitet

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

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

Study guidance
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