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GEOTECHNICS MODULE 1

CODE 99063
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 11 cfu during the 3nd year of 8715 INGEGNERIA CIVILE E AMBIENTALE (L-7) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/07
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    AIMS - Module 1

    The objective of the module is to illustrate the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering, with particular emphasis on the physical-mechanical characterization of soils and the interaction between liquid and solid phases in porous media. The aim is therefore to introduce the main theoretical approaches for studying the hydro-mechanical response of soils and to provide the knowledge base for the subsequent engineering analyses.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: Classification of soils. Evaluation of initial stress states and their evolution over time. Analysis of seepage through porous media. One-dimensional consolidation. Soil strength for geotechnical design: modelling methods and their applicability.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course consists of lectures, exercises and case studies.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Fondamenti di Geotecnica - Module 1

    • Introduction to geotechnical engineering. General characteristics of soils. Classification of soils.
    • Initial soil state and stress history. Principle of effective stresses.
    • Water in soils. Permeability and drainage.
    • One-dimensional consolidation.
    • Soil strength criteria and critical state.

    Fondamenti di Geotecnica - Module 2

    • Soil deformation models: theory and applications.
    • Experimental determination of the engineering properties of soils. Laboratory and field tests.
    • Superficial foundations. Types and design approach. Limit load: short and long-term analysis. Calculation of settlements: assumptions and simplified models. Design methods for superficial foundations on fine-grained and coarse-grained soils.
    • Retaining walls. Earth pressure on retaining structures. Design methods.
    • Pile foundations. Types and design approach.
    • The framework of national technical standard for geotechnical constructions (harmonised with Eurocodes).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Reading lists (available at School of Engineering Libraries)

    R. Berardi (2020), Fondamenti di Geotecnica, 4a ed .Città Studi, De Agostini Scuola

    L. Tonni, G. Gottardi (2010), Esercizi di Geotecnica, Soc. Editrice Esculapio, Bologna

    Web resources

    Set of lectures and exercises (AulaWeb)

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    AGOSTINO WALTER BRUNO (President)

    DOMENICO GALLIPOLI

    LEONARDO MARIA LALICATA

    ROBERTO PASSALACQUA (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The examination will consist of a single oral test during which the solution of an analytical exercise may also be required.

    There will also be two optional written in itinere tests (one per module), the results of which will not count towards the exam grade but will be used exclusively: a) by the students to self-assess their learning progress and b) by the teacher to identify any topics to be explored during the oral test.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Assessment will be exclusively by oral examination at the end of the entire course (i.e. at the end of the second module). The oral examination will consist of questions on the programme developed during the two modules and may require the solution of an analytical exercise.

    The topics of the optional written in itinere tests will be based on the content developed in the teaching periods prior to the test.