Advanced soil mechanics is to further study the deformation behavior and failure characteristics of soil, and put forward a stress-strain relationship model, failure and yield criteria that are more in line with the actual situation of the soil. The analysis of the deformation problem and the strength problem is combined to get a more realistic answer.
This course identifies the important aspects of soils which makes them different to other engineering materials, and thus introduces concepts that allow the appropriate modelling of the behaviour of soils, especially pore water pressure, permeability, and the influence of void ratio on the engineering behaviour of soils. These elements connected in order to show the development of soil behavioural models including Cam-clay, and Cam-clay based models. The final section of the course will show the application of basic soil mechanics methods for the purpose of solving typical engineering problems.
Understanding of the main differences in terms of engineering behaviour of soils in comparison to other civil engineering materials. This will include: the application of mechanics to a particulate media, understanding the importance of fluid flow and fluid pressure between particles in influencing the behaviour of soils. Understanding the development and application of soil behavioural models. Applying soil models in order to understand the behaviour of slopes, shallow foundations, and retaining walls.