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AE 623 SOIL MECHANICS                                                                               (3L+ lP) I

Objective
To acquaint and equip with engineering properties of soil with respect to design of soil structures.

Theory

UNIT I
Physical and engineering properties of soil, stress, deformation, shear strength, consolidation, stability and compaction, gradation, moisture content, compaction of  soils for earth dams, embankments, piles, foundation and walls theory.

UNIT II
Pressure distribution diagram, earth pressure theory, retaining walls, forces acting on earth retaining structures, lateral earth pressure, Coulomb’s earth pressure theory, assumptions and deficiencies, active and passive earth pressures.

UNIT III
Bearing capacity of soils, stability requirements of a foundation, soil rating, soil loading tests, Housel’s bearing capacity method, perimeter-area ratio method.

UNIT IV
Settlement and lateral expansion of soils.

Practicals
Extensive practices on different aspects covered in the theory.

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