15 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: CIV2500

Aims/Description: This module provides an overview of constitutive modelling in geotechnical engineering. Soils are complex particulate materials whose behaviour is highly non-linear and dependent on the stress state of the soil. As a result, simple calculations are insufficient to represent a soil's response to loading, and a more representative analysis (especially where accurate displacements need to be known) is required through developing a constitutive model. This module will discuss the features of constitutive models, compare them to real soil behaviour, and apply them to geotechnical structures, using a combination of case studies and applied examples.

Staff Contact: Dr Paul Shepley
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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