CER 340 - Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
(3 cr.) This course provides an introduction to geotechnical engineering focusing on soil mechanics. Topics include the geologic formation of soil, subsurface investigations/soil sampling, and three-phase representation of soil. Students study the physical composition of soil and fundamental engineering behaviors including compaction, permeability, compressibility and shear strength. Laboratory studies include geotechnical tests to classify and quantify various engineering properties/behavior of soil. Students learn about the estimation of in-situ stresses and stresses induced by loads, groundwater seepage analysis with flownets, consolidation settlement and shear strength characterization of soil. Bearing capacity of shallow foundations and lateral earth pressures theories are introduced. Prerequisite: MER 210; Every Year, Fall

Spring 2015