Course Title : Experiments on Soil Mechanics and Exercises

Code 35200
Course Year 3rd year
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Wednesday・3-4
Location kyotsu4・Butsurikeikousha The 1st seminar room
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s) Seminar and Exercise
Language English
Instructor K. Kishida,M. Mimura,T. Inui,S. Kimoto,Y. Higo,H. Gotoh,T. Kitaoka,M. Sawada,Y. Sawamura,A. Takai,K. Ueda,

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to conduct laboratory experiments and in-situ tests in order to obtain engineering properties and mechanical parameters of soils which were studied in the soil mechanics courses.


Students are expected to conduct all experiments. Full attendance to laboratories and submission of all reports are compulsory.

Course Goals

To help students deepen their understanding on concepts of soil mechanics and to develop their skills and experiences in fundamental experiments as well as collecting, analyzing and interpreting experimental data.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction and orientation 1
Physical properties of soils 1 Soil structure, engineering classification of soils, consistency Limits, grain size distribution
Compaction test 1 Laboratory compaction tests, factors affecting compaction
Hydraulic conductivity test and particle size distribution test 2 Permeability and seepage, Darcy's law, Hydraulic gradient, determination of hydraulic conductivity, flow net analysis, Sieve analysis for determining the particle size distribution curve
Consolidation test 1 Fundamentals of consolidation, laboratory tests, settlement-time relationship
Uniaxial compression test 1 Stress-strain and strength behavior of clays
Direct shear test 1 Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, laboratory tests for shear strength determination
Sounding methods 0.5 N-values of standard penetration test and elastic wave exploration
Centrifuge model test 0.5 Experiments using the similitude law of centrifuge test
Shaking table test 1 Experiments using the shaking table test on dynamic behaviors of soils and foundations
Computer exercise and numerical analysis 2 Fundamentals of math and physics for geotechnical engineering
Special lecture 1 Special lecture on soil mechanics
Exercise 1 Practical applications of laboratory testing data
Class feedback 1 Confirmation of understanding


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


Braja M. Das, “Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual”, Oxford University Press
Dante Fratta et al., “Introduction to Soil Mechanics Laboratory Testing”, CRC Press


Soil mechanics I and exercises. It is recommended to take soil mechanics II and exercises in parallel.

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Additional Information

This class is intended mainly for students of the International Course, and will be delivered in English. You cannot join this class from middle of the semester.
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