VTU B.TECH Civil Engineering SEMESTER – V Syllabus For Basic geotechnical engineering PDF 2022


VTU B.TECH Civil Engineering SEMESTER – V Syllabus For Basic geotechnical engineering PDF 2022

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You will be able to find information about Basic geotechnical engineering along with its Course Objectives and Course outcomes and also a list of textbook and reference books in this blog.You will get to learn a lot of new stuff and resolve a lot of questions you may have regarding Basic geotechnical engineering after reading this blog. Basic geotechnical engineering has 5 units altogether and you will be able to find notes for every unit on the CynoHub app. Basic geotechnical engineering can be learnt easily as long as you have a well planned study schedule and practice all the previous question papers, which are also available on the CynoHub app.

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Basic geotechnical engineering Unit One


Introduction:Origin and formation of soil, Regional soil deposits in India, Phase Diagram, phase relationships, definitions and their interrelationships.Determination of Index properties: Specific gravity, water content, in-situ density, relative density,particle size analysis(sieve and Hydrometer analysis)Atterberg’s Limits, consistency indices. Activity of clay, Field identification tests, Plasticity chart, BIS soil classification (IS: 1498-1970).

Basic geotechnical engineering Unit Two


Soil Structure and Clay MineralogySingle grained, honey combed, flocculent and dispersed structures, Valence bonds, Soil-Water system, Electrical diffuse double layer, adsorbed water, base-exchange capacity, Isomorphous substitution. Common clay minerals in soil and their structures- Kaolinite, Illite and Montmorillonite and their application in EngineeringCompaction of Soils: Definition, Principle of compaction, Standard and Modified proctor’s compaction tests, factors affecting compaction, effect of compaction on soil properties, Field compaction control-compactive effort & method of compaction, lift thickness and number of passes, Proctor’s needle, Compacting equipments and their suitability.

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Basic geotechnical engineering Unit Three


Flow through Soils: Darcy’s law-assumption and validity, coefficient of permeability and its determination (laboratory and field), factors affecting permeability, permeability of stratified soils, Seepage v e l o c i t y , superficial velocity and coefficient of percolation, Capillary Phenomena.Seepage Analysis: Laplace equation, assumptions, limitation sand its derivation. Flow nets- characteristics and applications. Flow nets for sheet piles and below the dam section.Unconfined flow, phreaticline (Casagrande’s method–with and without toe filter), flow through dams, design of dam filters.Effective Stress Analysis:Geostatic stresses, Effective stress concept-total stress, effective stress and Neutral stress and impact of the effective stress in construction of structures, quick sand phenomena.

Basic geotechnical engineering Unit Four

Shear Strength of Soil:

Concept of shear strength, Mohr–Coulomb Failure Criterion, Modified Mohr–Coulomb Criterion Total and effective shear strength parameters, factors affecting shear strength of soils. Thixotrophy and sensitivity, Measurement of shear strength parameters – Direct shear test, unconfined compression test, triaxial compression test and field Vane shear test, Test under different drainage conditions.

Basic geotechnical engineering Unit Five

Consolidation of Soil:

Definition, Mass-spring analogy, Terzaghi’s one dimensional consolidationtheory-assumptionsandlimitations.GoverningdifferentialEquation and solution (No derivation). Consolidation characteristics of soil (Cc, av, mv and Cv). Laboratory one dimensional consolidation test, characteristics of e-log (σ’) curve, Pre-consolidation pressure and its determination by Casagrande’s method. Over consolidation ratio, normally consolidated, under consolidated and over consolidated soils.Determination of consolidation characteristics of soils- compression index and coefficient of consolidation (square root of time fitting method, logarithmic time fitting method). Primary and secondary consolidation.

Basic geotechnical engineering Course Objectives

This course will enable students to 1.Appreciate basic concepts of soil mechanics as an integral part in the knowledge of civil engineering. 2.Comprehend basic engineering and mechanical properties of different types of soil. 3.Become broadly familiar with geotechnical engineering problems such as, flow of water through soil medium and terminologies associated with geotechnical engineering.4.Assesstheimprovementinmechanicalbehaviourbydensificationofsoildeposits using compaction. 5.Model and measure strength-deformation characteristics of soils.

Basic geotechnical engineering Course Outcomes

On the completion of this course students are expected to attain the following outcomes; 1.Ability to plan and execute geotechnical site investigation program for different civil engineering projects 2.Understanding of stress distribution and resulting settlement beneath the loaded footings on sand and clayey soils 3.Ability to estimate factor of safety against failure of slopes and to compute lateral pressure distribution behind earth retaining structures 4.Ability to determine bearing capacity of soil and achieve proficiency in proportioning shallow isolated and combined footings for uniform bearing pressure 5.Capable of estimating load carrying capacity of single and group of piles

Basic geotechnical engineering Text Books

1.Gopal Ranjan and Rao A.S.R., Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics, New Age International (P) Ltd., New Delhi. 2.Punmia B C, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Laxmi Publications co., New Delhi. 3.Murthy V.N.S., Principles of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, UBS Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi. 4.Braja, M. Das, Geotechnical Engineering; Thomson Business Information India (P) Ltd., India.

Basic geotechnical engineering Reference Books

1.T.W. Lambe and R.V. Whitman, Soil Mechanics-, John Wiley & Sons. 2.Donald P Coduto, Geotechnical Engineering- Phi Learning Private Limited, New Delhi. 3.Shashi K. Gulathi & Manoj Datta, Geotechnical Engineering-. , Tata McGraw Hill Publications. 4.Debashis Moitra, “Geotechnical Engineering”, Universities Press., 5.Malcolm D Bolton, “A Guide to soil mechanics”, Universities Press., 6.Bowles J E , Foundation analysis and design, McGraw- Hill Publications.

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