Experiments on Soil Mechanics and Exercises

Numbering Code U-ENG23 33520 EE73 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.3・4
Instructor name KISHIDA KIYOSHI (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
UZUOKA RYOSUKE (Disaster Prevention Research Institute Professor)
SAWAMURA YASUO (Graduate School of Engineering Associate Professor)
TAKAI ATSUSHI (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies Associate Professor)
HIGO YOUSUKE (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
PIPATPONGSA, Thirapong (Graduate School of Engineering Associate Professor)
GOTOU HIROYUKI (Disaster Prevention Research Institute Associate Professor)
KIDO RYUNOSUKE (Graduate School of Engineering Assistant Professor)
SAWADA MAI (Graduate School of Engineering Assistant Professor)
MIYAZAKI YUSUKE (Graduate School of Engineering Assistant Professor)
UEDA KYOHEI (Disaster Prevention Research Institute Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of this course is to teach students how to conduct laboratory experiments and in-situ tests in order to obtain engineering properties and mechanical parameters of soils which were studied in the soil mechanics courses.
Course Goals To help students deepen their understanding on concepts of soil mechanics and to develop their skills and experiences in fundamental experiments as well as collecting, analyzing and interpreting experimental data.
Schedule and Contents Introduction and orientation, 1 time,

Physical properties of soils, 1 time, Soil structure, engineering classification of soils, consistency Limits, grain size distribution

Compaction test, 1 time, Laboratory compaction tests, factors affecting compaction

Hydraulic conductivity test and particle size distribution test, 2 times, Permeability and seepage, Darcy's law, Hydraulic gradient, determination of hydraulic conductivity, flow net analysis, Sieve analysis for determining the particle size distribution curve

Consolidation test, 1 time, Fundamentals of consolidation, laboratory tests, settlement-time relationship

Uniaxial compression test, 1 time, Stress-strain and strength behavior of clays

Direct shear test, 1 time, Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, laboratory tests for shear strength determination

Sounding methods, 0.5 times, N-values of standard penetration test and elastic wave exploration

Centrifuge model test, 0.5 times, Experiments using the similitude law of centrifuge test

Shaking table test, 1 time, Experiments using the shaking table test on dynamic behaviors of soils and foundations

Computer exercise and numerical analysis, 2 times, Fundamentals of math and physics for geotechnical engineering

Special lecture, 1 time, Special lecture on soil mechanics

Exercise, 1 time, Practical applications of laboratory testing data

Class feedback, 1 time, Confirmation of understanding
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students are expected to conduct all experiments. Full attendance to laboratories and submission of all reports are compulsory.
Course Requirements Soil mechanics I and exercises. It is recommended to take soil mechanics II and exercises in parallel.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) It is recommended to read testing procedure beforehand.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Soil Mechanics I & II Tutorial Exercises and Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual
Handouts will be distributed
References, etc. JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY STANDARDS Laboratory Testing Standards of Geomaterials (Vol.1), , (Japanese Geotechnical Society), ISBN:4886448200
JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY STANDARDS Laboratory Testing Standards of Geomaterials (Vol.2), , (Japanese Geotechnical Society), ISBN:4886448224
JAPANESE GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY STANDARDS Laboratory Testing Standards of Geomaterials (Vol.3), , (Japanese Geotechnical Society), ISBN:4886448240
Braja M. Das, “Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual”, Oxford University Press isbn{}{9780190209667}
Dante Fratta et al., “Introduction to Soil Mechanics Laboratory Testing”, CRC Press isbn{}{9781420045628}
土質試験:基本と手引き,地盤工学会 isbn{}{9784886440846}
土質試験の方法と解説,地盤工学会 isbn{}{4886440584}
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