Geotechnical Engineering 1

  • Syllabus
  • Studies basic characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; site investigation; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties of geologic materials; the effective stress principle; soil and rock improvement; seepage analysis; stress distribution; and consolidation and settlement analyses.

Geotechnical Engineering 2

  • Syllabus
  • Discusses shear strength, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and underground construction. Analyzes and looks at the design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, tunnels, and other earth and rock structures.

Soil Mechanics

  • Syllabus
  • Coverage includes basic principles of continuum mechanics; elasticity, viscoelasticity, and plasticity theories applied to soils; effective stress principle; consolidation; shear strength; critical state concepts; and constitutive, numerical, and centrifuge modeling.

Computational Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Syllabus
  • Introduces computational modeling for geotechnical engineering applications such as the Discrete Element Method (DEM) for granular materials, nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of seepage, coupled soil elastoplastic consolidation, elastoplasticity models for soil and rock, and advanced computational methods for failure in soil and rock.

Introduction to the Finite Element Method

  • Syllabus
  • The course covers theory and application of the linear, static and dynamic, finite element (FE) method for continuum mechanics. We will work through, in detail, the formulation of finite element equations for a 1D, linear, axially-loaded bar: differential equation (strong form), integral or variational equation (weak form), discrete approximation of weak form (Galerkin form), and the finite element equations (matrix form to solve numerically).

Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Porous Media

  • Syllabus
  • Covers constitutive modeling, multiphase mechanics, and finite element implementation of constitutive models and coupled solid-fluid mechanical governing equations for inelastic porous media at small strain. Considers transient and steady state conditions. Analyzes structural, geotechnical, geological, mechanical, biomechanical, and other related modern engineering problems. Uses general purpose finite element software program for implementation and analysis.

Computational Finite Inelasticity and Multiphase Mechanics

  • Syllabus
  • Covers kinematics, thermodynamics, coupled balance equations and constitutive models, numerical time integration, and finite element implementation of finite strain inelasticity and multiphase mechanics. Kinematics of multiplicative decomposition, and finite strain mixture theory. Linearization for global nonlinear Newton-Raphson and solution algorithm of nonlinear constitutive models and coupled balance equations.