ENCN253-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Soil Mechanics

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

Properties and behaviour of rocks. Formation, properties and classification of soils. Strength and stiffness of soils. Applications to slopes, retaining walls, and site characterisation.

Soil Mechanics provides essential background and concepts for soil characterisation and classification, and the evaluation of mechanical behaviour of soils under applied loads. It is the first core course in our CNRE qualifications focusing on soil as an engineering material. ENCN253 is taught as a conventional single-semester course comprising lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The concepts and calculations learned in ENCN253 are used extensively in Geotechnical Engineering (ENCN353), Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (ENCN452) and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (ENCN454) courses in the Second and Third Professional Years. The course content has been developed on the assumption that ideas and understanding, as opposed to rote-learned formulae, are the backbone of successful engineering - our aim is to understand the behaviour of soil, and then use this knowledge to solve practical engineering problems and make decisions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

- Interpret data and measurements from standard lab tests for the purpose of soil characterisation and classification (Module 1 and Lab activities);
- Understand and apply the "Principle of Effective Stress" and explain its importance and relevance to geotechnical problems (Module 2);
- Calculate static soil stresses (total and effective, vertical and horizontal) and pore water pressure for field deposits and lab test specimens (Module 2);
- Analyse flow of water through soil using fundamental fluid mechanics principles (Module 3);
- Describe and compare the stress-strain and deformation response of 'loose' and 'dense', 'normally consolidated' and 'overconsolidated' soils and explain the effects of confining pressure and density on soil stress-strain behaviour (Module 4);
- Describe the geological and geomorphological processes responsible for the formation of soils, and relate geological processes to the likely nature and distribution of soils in different environments (Module 5)

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Restrictions

ENCI252, ENCI271

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
02 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 24 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 24 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 24 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 24 Sep - 21 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
02 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
03 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
04 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
05 Wednesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
06 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
07 Thursday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
08 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
09 Friday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
10 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 30 Jul - 5 Aug
11 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 6 Aug - 12 Aug
12 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 6 Aug - 12 Aug
13 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 6 Aug - 12 Aug
14 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 6 Aug - 12 Aug
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
02 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
03 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
04 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
05 Wednesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
06 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
07 Thursday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
08 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
09 Friday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
10 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 10 Sep - 16 Sep
11 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 17 Sep - 23 Sep
12 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 17 Sep - 23 Sep
14 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 17 Sep - 23 Sep
Lab C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
02 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
03 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
04 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
05 Wednesday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
06 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
07 Thursday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
08 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
09 Friday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
10 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 1 Oct - 7 Oct
11 Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 8 Oct - 14 Oct
12 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 8 Oct - 14 Oct
14 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E112 Geo-mechanics Lab 8 Oct - 14 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Eng Core Drawing Office Combined 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
02 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Eng Core Drawing Office Combined 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Eng Core Drawing Office Combined 24 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Eng Core Drawing Office Combined 24 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mark Stringer

Lecturers

Gabriele Chiaro and Clark Fenton

Lab Technician

Siale Faitotonu

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignmen 3 5%
Assignment 1 5%
Assignment 2 5%
Assignment 4 5%
final exam 70%
Labs (x3) 10%


a) TO PASS: You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final exam.
b) Assignments: All assignments can be done individually or in pairs. If done in pairs a single submission for marking is required and both students receive the same mark. Students working in pairs for the assignments are expected to work together on all parts of the assignment.  It is not acceptable for students to split the assignment.  Students are reminded that assignments are designed as an aid for learning, and that all parts of the syllabus are examinable.

All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions may not be acceptable, or may attract a penalty depending on circumstance. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

Holtz, R. D. , Kovacs, William D; An introduction to geotechnical engineering; Prentice-Hall, 1981.

Powrie, William; Soil mechanics :concepts and applications; 2nd ed; Spon Press, 2004.

Additional Course Outline Information

Resubmissions

If hard copies of the assignments are requested by the lecturer, they should be submitted to the drop box marked "ENCN 253" located on the ground floor of the Engineering CORE building. If the lecturer requests an electronic submission, then assignments should be submitted through the LEARN website.  In the case of electronic submission, students must follow the naming convention and file format specified by the lecturer.

Official departmental coversheets should be used for all submissions. Assignments submitted without a coversheet will receive a mark of zero.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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