Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering I


Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya

IIT Kharagpur

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Broadly Geotechnical Engineering encompasses two distinct segments: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Soil Mechanics deals with study of physical properties of soils, and the relevance of these properties as they affect soil strength, stability, and drainage. Foundation engineering deals with (i) selection of foundation type based on building site conditions and site constraints, (ii) determining size and reinforcement of the foundation and (iii) finally construction of foundation element. This course will focus on the first, soil mechanics. Soil Mechanics is the basis for all geotechnical applications.. One has to learn basic principle of geotechnical engineering through soil mechanics and it is a core course for civil engineering in every college/university across the globe. Every aspect of soil mechanics starting from origin of soil to stability of soil slopes will be covered with great detail under this course.


 Civil Engineering


Engineering Mechanics


 Most of the Civil Engineering companies


Presently Professor in Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, graduated in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Bengal Engineering College Sibpur and obtained ME and Ph D from IISc Bangalore in the year 1989 and 93, respectively. Have 25 years of experience in teaching and research and guided more than 25 M Tech dissertations and 7 Ph D theses on Geotechnical Engineering. Published more than 100 papers in National/international journals and conferences out of which 3 papers received best paper award. Visited different countries for presenting papers in the international conferences and served 2 years as Faculty members in the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Besides teaching and research, provided consultancy services to various industrial problems. Held several administrative positions at IIT Kharagpur which includes responsible position like Vice Chairman/Chairman JEE for IIT Kharagpur zone, Prof In-charge Examination etc.Fellow of Indian Geotechnical Society and member of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Elected member of Executive committee of IGS for 2017-18.

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Course Details

Week 1: Origin of soil and its Classification
Week 2: Three-phase diagram & Weight volume relationship
Week 3: Soil Compaction, seepage and permeability
Week 4: Effective stress concept and applications
Week 5: Bouusinesq’s theory and vertical stress distribution
Week 6: Shear Strength I
Week 7: Shear strength II
Week 8: Compressibility of soils
Week 9: Consolidation and time rate of settlement
Week 10: Earth pressure theory I
Week 11: Earth pressure theory II
Week 12: Introduction to Stability of slopes

Books and References

1. Soil Mechanics by A Aysen
2. Elements of Soil Mechanics by Smith and smith
3. Craig’s Soil Mechanics by R F Craig
4. Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Ranjan and Rao


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