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Advanced Soil Mechanics

Credit: 3

Total Credit Hours: 54


  Miao Linchang, Hong Zhenshun, Zhang Dingwen

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter 1 Introduction

§1 Development history,§2development trend,§2the new technique and theory of soil mechanics.

Chapter 2 The engineering characteristics of soils

§1 The form and structure features of soils,§2 The standard and usage of soil classification,§3 The constituent of soils and measuring method,§4 The electric features of soils and the theory of double electric layers of soils.

Chapter 3 The constitutive model of soils

§1 The basic knowledge of soil plastic mechanics,§2 The deformation characteristics of soils,§3 The non-linear elastic model of soils( Duncan-chang model) ,§4 The elasto-plastic model,§5 Cam model et al.

Chapter 4 The theory of consolidation and rheology

§1 The deformation mechanism of soils,§2 1D consolidation,§3 2D consolidation,§4 The rheology theory of soils,§5 The engineering application .

Chapter 5 The theory of soil shear strength

§1 The basic theory of soil strength,§2 The strength characteristics of non-clay soils,§3 The strength characteristics of clay soils,§4 The strength characteristics of quasi-consolidation soils.

Chapter 6 The analysis of slope stability

§1 The method of stability analysis,§2 The theory of limit equilibrium,§3 The theory of Fuzzy ultimate analysis.

Chapter 7 Introduction of unsaturated soil mechanics

§1 The basic features of unsaturated soils,§2 Strength theory,§3  consolidation of unsaturated soil.



Geoenvironmental and Geotechnical Engineering

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 40


  Du Yanjun, Liu Zhibin

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering development; 1.2 The basic conception of geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering; 1.3 Research contents and classification of geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering; and 1.4 research current of geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering.

Chapter 2 The engineering characteristics and contamination forms of municipal solid wastes

2.1 The classification and sources of solid wastes; 2.2 Engineering behaviors of municipal solid wastes; and 2.3 contamination forms of solid wastes.

Chapter 3 Moving model of ground-waste-water

3.1 Water moving model of saturated-unsaturated soil layers; 3.2 Adsorbing function; 3.3 Osmosis moving model of saturated-unsaturated soil layers; and 3.4 Prediction model of ground water affections.

Chapter 4 The Investigation and assessment of land filling

4.1 The Investigation and exploration of land filling; 4.2 Environmental effect assessment of land filling; 4.3 Inspection and monitor of waste soils; and 4.4 Ecology and environment protection of land filling engineering.

Chapter 5 Convention tread methods of municipal solid wastes

5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Jet treatment technique of depth well; 5.3 Sanitation soil filling; and 5.4 safety soil filling.

Chapter 6 Design and calculation of modern sanitation land filling

6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Design of prevention permeability filling system; 6.3 Design of leached liquid collect and draining system for land filling; 6.4 design of gas collect system for land filling; 6.5 Design of cover system for land filling; 6.6 stability analysis of land filling; and 6.7 Settlement calculation of modern sanitation filling.

Chapter 7 Radiation and hazard waste treatment

7.1 Objectives and principles of radiation waste management; 7.2 Management of radiation wastewater; 7.3 Shallow geological treatments; 7.4 Depth geological treatments for high radiation waste; and 7.5 Selection place and standards for high radiation waste.

Chapter 8 Geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering; problems caused by human activities

8.1 Environmental effects of piling engineering; 8.2 Ground movement and failure caused by excavation engineering; 8.3 Ground movement caused by tunnel construction in soft soil areas; 8.4 Land subsidence caused by withdraw ground water; 8.5 Ground deformation and collapse in mining cavity areas; and 8.6 Chemical field variation of groundwater caused by urban construction.

Chapter 9 Great geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering; problems

9.1 Floodwater; 9.2 Regional slippage and mud-rock flow; 9.3 Volcano; 9.5 Water-soil treatment; 9.6 Saline soil and soil saline function; 9.7 Seashore hazard and seashore protection; and 9.8 geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering; problems on sea level raised.



Soils Dynamic

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Shao Li

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter1 Introduction

§1.1 The reseach contents and reseach methods of soil dynamics.

§1.2 The types and Characteristics of dynamic loads

§1.3 The influence of  dynamic loads on buidings

§1.4 The new development of soil mechanics

Chapter2  The vibration and wave propagation

§2.1 The vibration and wave propagation

§2.2 The characteristic of vibration

§2.3 The characteristic of wave propagation in elastic media

Chapter3  The dynamic strain-stress relationship of soil

§3.1 Mechanical Models of dynamic stress-strain

§3.2 The dynamic linear model of soil

§3.3 The dynamic viscoelastic models of soil

§3.4 The endochronic models of soil

§3.5 The dynamic elastic-plastic models of soil

§3.6 The characteristic of  dynamic shear modulus and damping ratio

Chapter4 The dynamic testing methods of soil

§4.1 The methods of laboratory test of soil dynamic characteristics

§4.2 The methods of in-situtest of soil dynamic characteristics

Chapter5 The dynamic strength and deformation os soil

§5.1 The characteristic of dynamic failure

§5.2 The characteristic of dynamic strength

§5.3 The dynamic bearing capacity of  shallow foundation

§5.4 The  rigid-plastic analysis of foundation

§5.5  The residual deformation of sand under dynamic load

§5.6 The deformation characteristics of clay under dynamic load

§5.7  The creep characteristics under dynamic load

Chapter6 liquefaction

§6.1 Liquefaction mechanism

§6.2 Influencing factors of liquefaction

§6.3 Evaluation methods to assess the liquefaction potential of sand

§6.4 The methods of improvement for liquefaction ground

Chapter7 Generality of geotechnical anti-seismic

§7.1 Characteristics of strong ground motion

§7.2The seismic response and response spectrum

§7.3 Theoretical basis and approaches of seismic response analysis

Chapter8 Analysis methods of soil dynamic response

§8.1The shear layer method

§8.2The lumped mass method

§8.3The mode superposition method

§8.4The finite element method

Chapter9 Dynamic earth pressure and design of retaining

§9.1  Dynamic earth pressure

§9.2  Mononobe-Okabe earth pressure theory

§9.3 The design method for the gravity type earth-retaining wall of limited  displacement



Stability Principal and Design of Slope

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Zhu Zhiduo

Teaching Syllabus

1.      A survey of slope engineering

            Types and characteristics of slope

            Stability and damage of slope

            Technology of slope’s engineering treatment

2.      Calculation of load on slope’s tangent structure

            Earth pressure

            Rock pressure

            Water stress

            Horizontal thrust of ramp slope and the multi-stage slope

3.      The stability analysis of soil slope


            Several common limit equilibrium slices method

            Three-dimensional limit equilibrium method

            Numerical methods of soil slope stability analysis

            Engineering geological analysis of soil slope stability

            Project examples

4.      The stability analysis of rock slope


            SARMA method for slope stability analysis

            Wedge stability analysis

            Toppling stability analysis

            Engineering geological method of rock slope stability analysis

            Project examples

5.      Evaluation of slope stability and principles of engineering design

            Evaluation of slope stability

            Principles of the design of slope engineering

6.      The design of slope engineering

6.1 Slope ratio method

6.2 Gravity retaining wall

6.3 Cantilever and counterfort retaining wall

6.4 Reinforced earth retaining wall

6.5 The design of anchor

6.6 Lattice anchor

6.7 Other methods of slope treatment

6.8 Engineering applications

7.  Drainage and protection of slope

   7.1 Drainage projects

   7.2 Protection and greening for slope

8.  Monitoring of slope engineering



Principle of Ground Improvement

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Liu Songyu

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter 1 Introduction and replacement method

1.1 Classification of ground improvement

1.2 Principle of compaction of soil and field measurements

1.3 Design of cushion and construction outline


Chapter 2 Deep solidification method

2.1 Reinforcement mechanism, design parameter and engineering example of dynamic compaction method

2.2 Reinforcement mechanism, design parameter and engineering example of gravel pile method

2.3 Reinforcement mechanism and design of lime-soil pile

2.4 Field measurement method and example analysis of deep compaction method


Chapter 3 Drainage consolidation method

3.1 Reinforcement mechanism and design calculation of staged loading method

3.2 Design methods and consolidation calculation principle of sand drain method and PVD drainage

3.3 Reinforcement mechanism and construction method of vacuum preloading


Chapter 4 Reinforcement method

4.1 Summary and mechanism analysis of reinforcement method

4.2 Performance and application of geosynthetics

4.3 Reinforced retaining wall of geosynthetics and its design principle

4.4 Embankment and infrastructure construction on soft ground using geosynthetics


Chapter 5 Chemical solidification method

5.1 General introduction of composite ground

5.2 High pressure jet grouting method

5.3 Cement-soil mixing pile method

5.4 Field detection of chemical solidification method


Chapter 6 Ground treatment of special soil and new technology of ground treatment

6.1 Liquefiable ground treatment

6.2 Expansive soil ground treatment

6.3 Collapsible loess ground treatment

6.4 Introduction of new technology of ground treatment


Chapter 7 Field measurement of ground improvement

7.1 Introduction of field measurement examples

7.2 field measurement technology of ground improvement



Advanced Soil Laboratory Testing

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Du Yanjun, Liu Zhibin, Deng Yongfeng, Xu Fei, Zhu Zichao

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter 1 Sampling method and sample disturbance evaluation

1.1  Influencing factors of sample disturbance

1.2  Sampling technique of undisturbed soil

1.3  Evaluation of sample disturbance (or sampling quality)


Chapter 2 Consolidation test

2.1  Theory and determination method of consolidation coefficient

2.2  Determination of pre-consolidation pressure

2.3  Related theories of compression index

2.4  Principle of consolidation test

2.5  Analysis of influencing factors on testing data


Chapter 3 Permeability test

3.1    Basic principle of permeability

3.2    Different type of permeability test and standards

3.3    Analysis of influencing factors

3.4    Introduction of special permeability tests (unsaturated soil, chemical permeate)


Chapter 4 Direct shear test

4.1    Basic principle of direct shear test

4.2    Influencing factors of direct shear test

4.3    Analysis of test result

4.4    Comparison between K0 consolidation undrained shear test and direct shear test


Chapter 5 K0 coefficient measurement

5.1    Principle of K0 coefficient measurement testing

5.2    Research achievements of K0 coefficient testing

5.3    Application of test results of K0 consolidation tests


Chapter 6 Conventional and dynamic triaxial tests

6.1    Principle of conventional triaxial test

6.2    Related technical problems in conventional triaxial tests

6.2.1        Saturation method of soil sample

6.2.2        Measurement of B value in triaxial test

6.2.3        Comparison of strength parameters between triaxial test and direct shear test

6.2.4        Influence of shear velocity on soil strength

6.3    Data analysis of test results

6.4    Plane strain test and true triaxial test

6.5    Principle and test system of dynamic triaxial test

6.6    Dynamic soil strength and liquefaction tests

6.7    Engineering application of dynamic triaxial test results (appraisal of ground liquefaction possibility, dynamic response analysis of earth structure, aseismic stability analysis of earth structure and foundation)

6.8    Introduction of several advanced triaxial equipments


Chapter 7 Burst, tensile and tearing tests of geosynthetics

7.1    Introduction of geosynthetics

7.2    Burst testing and tearing testing of geosynthetics

7.3    Data analysis method


Chapter 8 Earth pressure, piezometer and laboratory model test

8.1    Measurement and working principle of earth pressure meter and piezometer

8.2    Introduction of indoor model test


Chapter 9 Introduction of environmental geotechnical laboratory test

9.1    Column testing of contamination transport in soils

9.2    Adsorption and leaching test for interaction tween contaminants and soils

9.3    pH value and electrical conductivity (EC) measurement of soils



Soil Behavior and Analysis Fundamentals

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Hong Zhenshun

Teaching Syllabus

Chapter 1: Soil Strength

1.1  Critical state – undrained strength relation;

1.2  Critical state – pore pressure relation;

1.3  Status of stability and collapse;

1.4  Total and effective stress analysis;

1.5  Summaries and exercises

Chapter 2:Stress-dilatancy

2.1  Plastic potentials, flow rules, and stress-dilatancy diagrams;

2.2        Rowe’s stress-dilatancy relation;

2.3        Density state-stress-dilatancy relation;

2.4        Strength-dilatancy relation;

2.5 Summaries and exercises

Chapter 3:Stress paths and soil tests

3.1  Axially symmetric stress paths;

3.2        Plane strain stress paths;

3.3  General stress paths;

3.3        Stress path-strength relation;

3.5  Summaries and exercises

Chapter 4:Application of elastic-plastic models

4.1  Introduction;

4.2        Yielding and generation of pore pressure;

4.3        Yielding and settlement;

4.4  Model parameters;

4.4        Numerical analysis;

4.6 Summaries and exercises


Chapter 5:Beyond the simple models

5.1        Purpose of models;

5.2        Effects of time;

5.3        Evolution of yield loci;

5.4        Model-parameter relation;

5.5        Model of structured soils

5.6        Summaries and exercises



Numerical and analytical methods in Geomechanics

Credit: 2

Total Credit Hours: 36


  Hong Zhenshun

Teaching Syllabus

1. Introduction

The state of arts of the numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics;

2. Variation Principle

After introduction of functional theory and minimum potential energy, the variation principle is described. The case of foundation bearing capability is used to discuss the usage of variation principle in geotechnical engineering.

3. FDA Theory

After introduction of FDA theory, the cases of Terzaghi and Biot consolidation are studied by the FDA.

4. FEA Theory

After introduction of FEA theory, soil parameter and usage of the consolidation settlement, dynamic liquefaction is discussed.

5. Plaxis software

Plaxis are two key softwares in planar FEM, which can solve foundation settlement, consolidation, slope, liquefaction and pollution distribution. Cases are used to discuss the application of the software.

6. FLAC software

The 3D software can solve the deformation and consolidation of tunnel and unbalance foundation at the Guass and Lagrange strain. And then, it can be secondary developed.  Cases (deformation of tunnel and embankment) are used to discuss the usage of the software.

7. Advanced development of FLAC software

After the basic function can be used, the advanced development is introduced by the case of Duncan –zhang model.



Modern Soil Mechanics

Credit: 3

Total Credit Hours: 54


  Liu Songyu

Teaching Syllabus


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Modern Geotechnical In-situ Testing Theory

Credit: 3

Total Credit Hours: 54


  Tong Liyuan

Teaching Syllabus

1 Review on the advanced in-situ technology for geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering

1.1 Latest development of the in-situ testing methods, including SPT, VST, PMT, DMT, CPT and CPTu etc..

1.2 Current status of the in-situ testing methods applying to geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering in China and the western countries.

1.3 Latest development of the multi-functional digital CPTU and its enhanced derivatives.

1.4 Latest development of pile dynamics and pile testing technology

1.5 Technical difference of in-situ testing methods between China and the western countries.

2 Modern geophysical methods

2.1 Theory of mechanical waves in soil.

2.2 Methods based on elastic wave theory,e.g. CHT, DHT, SASW, SCPT, and SDMT

2.3 Mechods based on electromagnetic wave theory, e.g. TDR and Optical fiber technology

3 Testing system of modern multi-functional CPTU and its application

3.1 Mechanism of CPTU, including bearing capacity theory, cavity expansion theory, steady state deformation theory and numerical simulation.

3.2 CPTU testing system, operating process, data interpretation and effecting factors.

3.3 Soil classifying, soil characteristics and soil structure evaluation based on CPTU testing.

3.4 Soft soil improvement designing, pile designing based on CPTU testing

3.5 Application of CPTU and its enhanced derivatives in geo-environmental engineering

4 Pile Wave theory in Dynamic Load

4.1 Wave equation.

4.2 Transmit of elastic wave along staff.

5 Dynamic test in integrity and capacity of foundation pile

5.1 Dynamic test in integrity of foundation pile  Reflect wave theory

5.2 Dynamic test in integrity of foundation pile  Ultrasonic theory

5.3 Dynamic test in capacity of foundation pile

5.4 Dynamic drive formula and Impact penetration method

6 Design of pile foundation under dynamic load

6.1 Design of pile foundation under earthquake load

6.2 Design of pile foundation under Vibration Machine

6.3 Design of pile foundation in offshore engineering