Soil mechanics

lgciv1072  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Soil mechanics
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Geology, soil characterisation, soil and water interaction, and effective stress as taught in LGCIV1031.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The objectives of the course are:
  • Learning the soil mechanics notions which are useful for the design of geotechnical elements in a construction project,
  • Mastering the design principles of the main geotechnical elements in a construction project: embankments, retaining structures, and foundations.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course contributes to the AA developments of the program: AA1.1, AA1.2, AA4.2.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the deferred compression mechanisms of a soil,
- Determine the soil’s shear strength,
- Describe the rupture mechanisms of embankments,
- Calculate the safety factor for the stability of an embankment (against sliding),
- Determine the bearing capacity of a shallow foundation (ULS),
- Calculate the settlement of a shallow foundation (SLS),
- Determine the bearing capacity of a deep foundation (ULS),
- Describe and design a retaining structure.
Part I: Soil mechanics
  • Groundwater hydrology,
  • Consolidation,
  • Volumetric behaviour,
  • Shear behaviour;
Part II: Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil investigations,
  • Slope stability,
  • Retaining structures,
  • Shallow foundations,
  • Deep foundations.
Teaching methods
Ex-cathedra teaching based on the course resources for the volume 1.
Accompanied exercise sessions for the volume 2.
Evaluation methods
Final written exam
Online resources
Available on Moodle.
Supports du cours, documentation sur Moodle.
Course resources on Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Construction

Bachelor in Engineering : Architecture

Specialization track in Construction