Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Slope stability and retaining structures
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Building Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Barbero Monica ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/07 42 18 0 18 7
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/07 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course, defined with specific reference to the needs for the training of building engineers, aims to provide the tools for the study of the stability of natural and man made slopes and for the design of some geotechnical structures. In particular, the most common types of soil and rock slope instabilities are analyzed in detail and the procedures for the design and verification of the stabilization and defense works that allow the mitigation of risk for people, facilities and infrastructure, are presented. The procedures for the design and verification of stiff and flexible retaining walls are also defined and in depth geotechnical works (piles and micropiles) are introduced. All the design and verification processes are proposed according to current Italian Regulations.
Expected learning outcomes
The lessons on basic concepts of slope and excavation face stability analysis and design of systems for risk mitigation, together with some projects that the students have to carry out, are designed to provide students with the necessary means for the solution of some geotechnical problems. In particular, students acquire the ability of analyzing a problem and identifying the engineering solution and the ability to check the stability of the main geotechnical structures, from both the geotechnical and structural point of view.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
For understanding the topics covered in the course, the knowledge of the basic elements of Soil Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Structural Engineering and Foundations is fundamental.
Introduction to the course.
References to basic concepts of soil mechanics.
Basic concepts of rock mechanics.
Stiff and flexible retaining structures: types and use cases, design methods and verification, construction methods.
Stability analysis of soil excavations and natural slopes: surveys, monitoring, analysis methods (limit equilibrium).
Stability analysis of rock excavations and natural slopes: slides, rock falls.
Slope stabilization works: types and methods of design and construction.
Defense works: types, design criteria, verification and construction methods.
Outlines of stability analysis in seismic conditions.
Delivery modes
During the course the students have to carry out three projects, related to three main topics: stiff retaining walls, slope stability, flexible retaining walls. A technical report is due by the students. To do this, students also learn to use a few specific programs, doing some exercises at the Computer Labs.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The material shown during the lessons is available on the portal.
The following texts are suggested for further investigation:
"Geotecnica" - R. Lancellotta Zanichelli, 2012
"Fondazioni" R. Lancellotta, J. Calavera McGraw-Hill Italia, 1999
"Progettazione geotecnica" R. Lancellotta, D.Costanzo, S. Foti Hoepli, 2011
"Rock slope engineering E. Hoek, J. Bray Spon press, 1981
Assessment and grading criteria
The final exam is as follows:
relationships (in the form of technical report) on the three projects: delivery mandatory in the dates fixed during the course; discussion of the reports during the examination
oral examination can only be sustained if the reports are delivered on time.
The final grade will be determined based on the outcome of the discussion on the reports and the outcome of the oral examination

Two exercises are carried out at the Computer Labs.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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