Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Barla Marco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/07 64 16 0 20 7
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/07 8 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria civile
Subject fundamentals
The NUMGE classes are intended to introduce the students to the use of numerical methods in the geotechnical engineering practice. Fundamentals and theoretical aspects of numerical modeling methods will be described together with their application to slope stability analyses, tunnel, retaining structures and foundations design.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the classes, students will be able to distinguish among the different numerical modeling techniques available to engineers in order to choose the appropriate method to face a geotechnical problem. Students will learn which conditions, parameters, aspects need to be evaluated and determined together with their role in order to allow for reliable and useful results to be obtained. Students will also learn how to judge and validate the results obtained, stimulating criticisms and engineering judgment.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Students are required to have a good knowledge of the topics of the Geotechnics and Rock Mechanics classes.
Lectures will cover topics within:
- the Finite Element Method (15 h)
- constitutive modeling of geomaterials (8 h)
- seepage and consolidation (10 h)
- other numerical methods of interest in Geomechanics, e.g. BEM, DEM, FDEM (10 h)
- case studies of engineering problems solved by different numerical methods, e.g. the design of tunnels in urban environment, tunnels in squeezing and/or swelling conditions, slope stability problems, construction of retaining walls, etc. (20 h)
Delivery modes
The NUMGE course will include lectures and exercise classes. During exercise classes students will be asked to work on a real project and take advantage of the knowledge on numerical methods gained during lectures to solve the engineering problem proposed. Students will be asked to prepare a written report out of their work. Application classes will take place at the LAIB (computer lab) with the use of dedicated software.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Reading material will be made available to students during lectures.
Additional reading material is:
- Elementi di meccanica e ingegneria delle rocce by Marco Barla, Celid 2010
- Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering theory by David M Potts & Lidija Zdravkovic, Thomas Telford 1999
- Geotechnical modeling by David Muir Wood, Spon Press 2004
- The Finite Element Method: its basis and fundamentals (7th edition) by O. C. Zienkiewicz, R. L. Taylor, J.Z. Zhu Elsevier 2013
Assessment and grading criteria
Students will have to pass a written and an oral examination. The final mark will be given on the basis of the result of the two exams together with the mark received for the report produced during the application classes.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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