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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title Slopes and Retaining Structures
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 26247
Module Lead Dr Alexander Royal
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description This modules covers the following:
(1) Slope Stability
Causes of slope failure; stability analysis of infinite slopes; circular and non-circular slip surfaces, method of slices; stability charts; routine and rigorous analysis, moment and thrust equilibrium; ground investigation of unstable areas; rock slope stability; remedial measures.

(2) Earth Retaining Structures
Earth pressure theories: Rankine and Coulomb; effect of water; surcharge and inclined soil surfaces; compaction pressures for cohesive and granular soils; basic design principles; geotechnical aspects of the design of gravity walls and sheet pile walls.

(3) Introduction to types of geotextiles; their structure and applications; filtration; drainage; separation; soil reinforcement.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Carry out design for the construction of different earth retaining structures for a variety of ground conditions, critical appraising essential factors controlling performance.
  • Design slopes and earth retaining structures
  • Assess failure in slopes and retaining structures
  • Critically analyse and use the principles involved with ensuring the stability of new and existing slopes.
  • Use empirical, analytical and numerical methods for design and evaluation purposes
  • Distinguish and differentiate the different types and application of geotextiles.
Assessment 26247-05 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessments: 100% open book coursework (final day of the module), details of assessment still being formulated.
Supplementary: 100% open book coursework (MSc supplementary period, September)
Other None
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