Course - Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course - TBA4116
TBA4116 - Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course
Examination arrangement: Home exam
|Evaluation||Weighting||Duration||Grade deviation||Examination aids|
|Home exam||100/100||4 hours|
The course focuses on practical application of the finite element method in geotechnical engineering with emphasis on problem definition, input parameters and evaluation of results. Various elasto-plastic material models for soils are described, discussed and applied. The students shall in exercises run advanced numerical simulatioons of soil structure interaction. The exercises cover simulations of laboratory tests for parameter determination, embankments on soft ground, foundations and supporting structures. Seepage, consolidation and time dependent settlements are included. The course aim for using advanced digital tools.
The course aims to strengthen the theoretical platform, perform advanced numerical analyses and provide insight for solving practical geotechnical problems.
The candidate should have knowledge of:
- Performing advanced finite element simulations for geotechnical design
- Understanding soil structure interaction
- Dealing with coupled analysis of groundwater flow, excess porepressures and deformations over time.
- Evaluating slope stability using the finite element method
- Considering the effect of creep
- Selecting appropriate soil parameters for elastoplastic constitutive models
- Critically evaluating and checking results from the numerical simulations, partly by application of and comparison to appropriate estimates by hand.
The candidate is able to:
- Identify geotechnical challenges in a project and propose relevant models for design
- Apply an advanced commercial finite element software package
- Be aware of possibilities, limitations and pitfalls in using such software packages
- Report results from advanced simulations
The candidate can:
- Make sound engineering judgments with a special focus on numerical simulations in geomechanics
- Develop sustainable solutions for our built environment
- Compose clear presentations of the projects
- Work in teams
Learning methods and activities
The course consists of a combination of lectures, assignments and tutoring in front of computers. The exercises shall be made by groups of two students where use of the computer-program Plaxis is essential.
Further on evaluation
Digital exam including use of 3rd party software. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course is based on TBA4100 Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology, TBA4105 Geotechnics, Design Methods and TBA4110 Geotechnics, Field and Laboratory Investigations or equivalent.
Required previous knowledge
General knowledge of engineering mechanics and geotechnics.
Lecture notes from the Geotechnical Group, NTNU.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: AUTUMN 2021
Language of instruction: English
- Structural Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Technological subjects
Examination arrangement: Home exam
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"