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Foundation Engineering and Earth Retaining Structures (a.y. 2019/20)

Programme

Review on physical and engineering properties of soils of principal interest for the analysis and design of foundation elements shall be considered at the beginning of the course.
The load capacity and movements of shallow and deep foundations will be studied. Evaluation of the limiting shear resistance, or ultimate bearing capacity of the soil under a foundation load together with estimation of the settlements will be presented. Soil-structure-Interaction will be introduced using winkler type foundation. Concept, design, and construction of different type of shallow foundations shall be discussed by various engineering examples. Particular attention will be paid on application of EC7 for problem – analysis and design (ULS and SLS) of shallow foundations .
Static pile capacity determination as well as an introduction to materials and methods to produce pile members will be concerned. Methods to analyze lateral pile response to loads and to pile buckling will also be presented. Ultimate pile capacity, settlements for pile and pile groups will be discussed. Analysis and design of single pile as well as pile groups using EC7 guidelines will be presented by pra
Theoretical background of the lateral earth pressure problem will be discussed (active and passive earth pressure, seismic earth pressure). The basic principles for analysis and design of the reinforced earth, gravity, and concrete cantilever wall; the sheet-pile cantilever and anchored walls will be considered. Analysis of sliding, overturning and rotational wall stability. Practical engineering examples on retaining structures using EC7 analysis and design recommendations will be given.
An introduction to EuroCode 7 and main aspects of performance-based design will also be addressed.

Execution

Week

Date

Lecture hours

9:30 - 13:00

Classroom

Tutorial hours

14:30 - 16:30

Classroom

Subject

Tot h

1

02/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/03

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EUCENTRE

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EUCENTRE

I. Soil mechanics review

Geotechnical properties: laboratory testing; settlement and strength correlations

4.5

04/03

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

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IUSS, 1-15

Bearing Capacity of Foundations, Foundation Settlements

4.5

05/03

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IUSS, Library

  •  

 

IUSS, 1-15

Introduction to Eurocode 7 and performance-based design concept

4.5

06/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

09/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/03

  •  

 

 

IUSS, 1-15

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IUSS, 1-15

II. Shallow Foundations

Factors to Consider in Foundation Design, Spread Footing analysis and design. Application of EC7, ULS and SLS

4.5

11/03

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

Special Footings and Beams on Elastic Foundations

(Soil-structure interaction using Winkler Foundation)

4.5

12/03

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EUCENTRE

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EUCENTRE

Mat Foundations

4.5

13/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

16/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

17/03

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IUSS, 1-15

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IUSS, 1-15

III. Introduction to pile foundations

Single Piles – Static Capacity and Lateral Loads; Dynamic Analysis, Load Tests

4.5

18/03

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

  •  

 

IUSS,

Sala del Camino

Pile Foundations: Groups. Analysis and design. Application of EC7, ULS and SLS

4.5

19/03

  •  

IUSS,

Sala del Camino

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

IV. Earth Retaining Structures

Lateral Earth Pressure

4.5

20/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

23/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

24/03

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IUSS, 1-15

  •  

 

IUSS, Library

Mechanically Stabilized Earth and Concrete Retaining Walls, Sheet-pile Walls: Cantilevered and Anchored

4.5

25/03

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

Walls for Excavations, Drilled Piers or Caissons. Application of EC7, ULS and SLS

4.5

26/03

  •  

IUSS,

Sala del Camino

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IUSS,

Sala del Camino

Open discussion and revisions

4.5

27/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

  • Foundation Analysis and Design, Joseph E. Bowles, McGraw-Hill, 1997
  • Eurocode 7: Geotechnical Design Worked examples, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, ISBN 978-92-79-33759-8, ISSN 1831-9424, doi: 10.2788/3398

Exam

Final exam will be given. Exam is closed note, closed book, and no phones or other electronic devices will be allowed besides your calculator (if needed).

Grade Breakdown

  • Homework assignments 30%
  • Exam 65%
  • Class Participation 5%

Cycle :  XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV

Course type : Specialist

Curriculum : Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology

Period: Semester II

Academic year: 2019-2020

Duration : March 2 to March 31, 2020