- Continuum Mechanics; Soil Stress-strain, stress paths, 3D Stresses & strains
- Elasticity and plasticity
- Constitutive soil models; Coulombe model; The Cam Clay model
- Performance and evaluation of triaxial tests. Laboratory routine test and ödometer tests
- The use the commercial FE-package Plaxis for the solution of practical engineering problems such as excavations, consolidation and embankments
- Design and analysis of a practical engineering problem is included in the course as a project task.
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Content and learning outcomes
• Continuum Mechanics; Soil Stress-strain, stress paths, 3D Stresses & strains
• Elasticity and plasticity
• Constitutive soil models; Coulombe model; The Cam Clay model
• Performance and evaluation of triaxial tests. Laboratory routine test and ödometer tests
• The use the commercial FE-package Plaxis for the solution of practical engineering problems such as excavations, consolidation and embankments
• Design and analysis of a practical engineering problem is included in the course as a project task.
Intended learning outcomes
This course focus on the application of soil mechanics in the analysis and design of earth retaining structures such as gravity wall, sheet pile wall and reinforced soil. The course is problem oriented where you work with a complex structure considering the whole design process. Hand calculations are combined with numerical modeling where deformations are considered. The course emphasizes the importance of parameter selection in calculations. In order to get appropriate in-data for the analyses, routine tests, oedometer tests, and undrained triaxial tests on soft clay are performed in the course. The aim of this course is to give advanced knowledge on analysis and design of foundation constructions.
Literature and preparations
Documented knowledge in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, equivalent to at least 15 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1601, and AF2609.
Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.
Documented knowledge in Finite Element Method including element formulations, numerical solution procedures and modelling corresponding to the content in courses AF2024.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grade: A-E
ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grade: P
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web AF2611