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Course Details in 2025/26 Session

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Module Title LM Geotechnical Engineering 3
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 29657
Module Lead Professor I Jefferson
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-23 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-14 hours
Guided independent study-143 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This modules covers the following:

(1) Computer Aided Engineering
  • Use of the computer package (i.e. ABAQUS or similar)
  • Use of computer package for slope stability calculation
  • Use of computer package for retaining wall stability calculation
  • Use of finite element analysis for simple problems such as behaviour of soil under triaxial conditions
(2) Critical State Soil Mechanics
  • Critical State Framework, establishment of State Boundary Surface, Roscoe Surface for normally consolidated clays, normalized q & p/ plots, the Hvorslev surface, sands and the critical state model
  • Routine soil tests interpreted according to the critical state model
  • Behaviour of soils before yield, introduction to plasticity and soils, Cam-Clay theory, calculation of elastic and plastic strains
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Be exposed and subsequently use commercially available geotechnical design software in a systematic fashion and to critical assess their benefits and limitations.
  • Critically recall, evaluate and apply the unifying concept of critical state soil mechanics for a range of geotechnical applications.
Assessment 29657-04 : Module Mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments
One 3 hour written examination (70%)
Coursework (30%) made up of one computer design exercise

One 3 hour written examination (70%)
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