Course Title : Soil Mechanics I and Exercises

Code 35080
Course Year 2nd year
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Tuesday・3-4
Location W2
Credits 2
Restriction This class is intended mainly for students of the International Course.
Lecture Form(s)
Language English
Instructor H. Otsu,T. Katsumi,K.Kishida,T. Inui,S. Kimoto,Y. Higo,FLORES Giancarlo,PIPATPONGSA Thirapong,

Course Description

The student is expected to understand the basics of soil formation, classification for engineering purposes, soil compaction, seepage and water flow through soil, consolidation theory, settlement due to consolidation, rate of consolidation, shear strength and deformation behaviors of different soils.


Final Exam (70%), Midterm exams and homework (30%)

Course Goals

Course aims at providing fundamental understanding of mechanical behaviors of soil including soil classification, compaction, seepage, permeability, effective stress, consolidation, and shear strength as well as problem-solving skills through exercises in gravimetric-volumetric relationships, Darcy's law, flow nets, consolidation theory, Mohr’s stress circle, and failure criteria.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 0.5 Introductory concepts and roles of soil mechanics, engineering aspects of soil behaviors and geotechnical practices dealing with disasters and environments
Soil classification and compaction 3.5 Soil classification and soil formation, basic soil properties and Atterberg’s limits, compaction, unsaturated soil and frozen soil
Water flow through soil 3 Fundamentals of water flow through soil, permeability and Darcy's law, quick sand condition, seepage and flow nets
Midterm Exam 0.5
Consolidation and settlement 3.5 Principle of effective stress and Terzaghi's one dimensional consolidation theory, characteristics and mathematical descriptions of consolidation, prediction of ground settlement due to consolidation
Shear strength of soil 3 Visualization of stress states using Mohr’s stress circle, interpretation of shear strength using the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, experiments and behaviors of clay and sand under drained and undrained conditions
Class feedback 1 Confirmation of understanding


Soil Mechanics I & II Tutorial Exercises and Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual
Handouts will be distributed


J.A. Knappett and R.F. Craig, “Craig’s Soil Mechanics”
T. William Lambe and R.V. Whitman, “Soil Mechanics”
Braja M. Das,"Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering"
K. Terzaghi, R. B. Peck, G. Mesri,“Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice”
Fusao Oka, "Soil Mechanics Exercises", Morikita publishing Co., Ltd.


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