Mesut Pervizpour

Retaining Walls, Slopes and Dams- UGrad

Course Description:

The course covers classical earth pressure theories, effects of groundwater, surcharge loads and earthquakes on lateral earth pressure, landslide characteristics and terminology, limit equilibrium slope stability analyses (Bishop's, Janbu, Spencer, Morgenstern & Price methods), effects of water on the stability of slopes, mitigation/remediation techniques for improvement, types of earth retaining structures, design and analysis of rigid cantilever walls, cantilever sheet pile walls, anchored sheet pile walls, braced cuts and open excavation stability, and mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls. This course will make use of various software components available in analysis and design of several of the components listed here.

Prerequisites: Soil Mechanics or Geotechnical Engineering (CE 361)

Text book: No textbool required. As an alternative, supplementary book chapters & exerpts pulled from several resources), published engineering design manuals, research articles, and relevant web site links will be distributed electronically during the term. Your textbook from CE 361 may also be useful to you.

Soil Mechanics and Foundations, Muni Budhu
Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, Das.
Foundation Design, Principles and Practices, Coduto
Foundation Analysis and Design, Bowles
Foundation Engineering Handbook, Fang

Location and Hours: Tuesday 1:10-4:00 pm, AEC 306.

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Course Syllabus in pdf Syllabus

  1. During the semester, 2 midterm tests will be held at night. The student MUST take both tests. Basically NO make-ups are granted unless absence from a test is justified with proper documentation. All tests will be based on the material covered up to the date of test. Unless otherwise instructed, closed-book tests should be expected. Any grade review you see justified should be brought to my attention within the first week of receiving the grade.
  2. Homework will be assigned and specified either as "suggested" or "to be collected" at that time. There will be in class unannounced quizzes. A design problem will be assigned where individual analysis and work will be submitted in a report format.
  3. It has been my experience in the past that when students study in groups, and communicate and share resources, they seem to perform better. Obviously, this is a generalization and I am sure there are many exceptions. However, please keep this in mind and take advantage of study groups whenever you can.
  4. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Please see your copy of syllabi for details.
Mid-term test average
Final Examination
Design Project