Soil Behavior OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Graduate Study Soil Engineering Course by MIT

Published Jan 09, 2009

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OpenCourseWare titled 'Soil Behavior' is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through its Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. This free graduate-level course focuses on properties of soil as applied to construction engineering on ground that is soft.

Soil Behavior: Course Specifics

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Soil Behavior: Course Description

Soil behavior, also known as soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, is the study of soils and other granular materials for the planning, assembly and maintenance of earthworks and foundations. Using theories of fluid and solid mechanics, geotechnical engineers and scientists evaluate solid particles, water and air interactions in soil that produce interesting characteristics and challenging engineering issues. A thorough knowledge of soil mechanics is the basis for tunneling, foundation engineering, highways and railways sub-base, retaining wall and mine excavation design. The course targeted geotechnical, civil and environmental engineering students as well as engineering students in the fields of construction. Specific topics for this course include anisotropy, strain rate, fundamental strength principles, compression and strength of granular soils, clays and their stress-strain strength actions, compacted soils' engineering properties and consolidation and secondary compression. The actual graduate-level course was taught by Doctor Lucy C. Jen and Professor Andrew Whittle in a lecture-style format, but much of the material came from Professor Charles Ladd who taught the course for over 40 years.

This OpenCourseWare includes readings and some lecture notes. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the soils and their properties course page.

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