Soil mechanics 311

Module code SGM 311
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Module content

Introduction to soil mechanics. Introduction to clay mineralogy. Mass, volume relationships and phases of soil. Groundwater flow and permeability. Effective stress principles. Suction pressures in saturated as well as partially saturated soil. The Mohr circle and stresses at a point. The Mohr-Coulomb strength theory and the stress-strain properties of soil. The Boussinesq theory. Consolidation theory and soil settlement.

Module credits 16.00
Service modules Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Prerequisites (SWK 210)
Contact time 3 lectures per week, 2 practicals per week, 1 tutorial per week
Language of tuition Separate classes for Afrikaans and English
Academic organisation Civil Eng
Period of presentation Semester 1

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