Geotechnical Engineering – 1



Prof. D. N. Singh

IIT Bombay

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Geotechnical Engineering-1 deals with the fundamental aspects of soils starting from their origin to various engineering applications. The course discusses the basic classification, characterization, hydraulic and mechanical properties of soils in depth. The expected outcome of the course is to make the students familiarize with soil and to showcase its behavior during various engineering applications such as foundation, retaining wall etc.


Civil Engineering


Engineering Geology


All companies that deals with the Civil infrastructure development


Prof. Devendra Narain Singh is an Institute Chair Professor in Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He obtained his bachelors, masters and Ph. D degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research focuses are geomaterial characterization, contaminant- geomaterial interaction, sensors for soil moisture measurement, modelling of heat migration through soils, utilization of industrial by-products, municipal solid waste management and other fields associated with Environmental Geotechnics since 1994. He guided 36 Ph. Ds and 35 Master students and several are on-going. He is the editor-in-chief for the journal Environmental Geotechnics, ICE (UK)

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Course Details

Week 1 : Origin of Soils and Rocks, Rock cycle
Week 2 : Basic relationships, Index properties of aggregates
Week 3 : Soil structure, Soil classification
Week 4 : Soil compaction
Week 5 : Soil-water Statics
Week 6 : Flow through soils, Quick sand condition
Week 7 : Permeability and methods for its determination
Week 8 : Flow-nets, Stresses in soil from surface loads
Week 9 : Boussinesq theory
Week 10 : New marks chart, Contact pressures
Week 11 : Consolidation of soils
Week 12 : Settlement of compressible soil layers

Books and References

1. Craig’s Soil Mechanics by J. A. Knappett and R. F. Craig
2. An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering by Robert T. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, and Thomas C. Sheahan
3. Soil Mechanics by T. William Lambe and Robert V. Whitman
4. Fundamentals of Soil Behavior by James K. Mitchell and Kenichi Soga
5. Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Gopal Ranjan and A. S. R. Rao
6. Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice by Karl Terzaghi, Ralph B. Peck and Gholamreza Mesri
7. A Guide to Soil Mechanics by Malcolm Boltan
8. Advanced Soil Mechanics by Braja M. Das
9. Textbook of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering Series by V. N. S. Murthy


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