Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Lancellotta Renato ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     59 21 0 0 1
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/07 8 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria civile
Subject fundamentals
The course deals with soil investigation and analysis and design of shallow footings, single pile and piled foundations and earth retaining structures.
Main objectives of the course are intended to be the following:
(a) to develop an understanding of fundamental concepts of the mechanics of soils and structures interacting with soils, rather than giving a formula-driven approach;
(b) to build a conceptual framework of basic ideas, robust and adaptable enough to manage current and more complex problems a civil engineer is faced with;
(c) to illustrate, through real cases, how the application of basic simple ideas can provide acceptable solutions to many classes of geotechnical problems.
Expected learning outcomes
To reach the above objectives it is presumed that, in addition to attend lectures in the classroom, students are motivated to do homework, in order to continuously check their capability to apply fundamental concepts and to deal with the analysis and design of foundations.
In particular, students are expected to acquire concepts as well as current procedures to assess the ultimate-limit state and the serviceability limit state of shallow and deep foundations and earth retaining structures.
As a fundamental prerequisite it is expected that students are able to plan a site investigation and to define a design soil profile with selected soil parameters .
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is presumed that students attending the course have already mastered courses on Soil Mechanics and Structural Mechanics.
1. In situ investigations
- Planning site investigation
- Boring methods and sampling techniques
- Groundwater observations
- In situ tests
- Defining design soil profile and relevant soil parameters
2. Shallow foundations
- Reliability analysis and design methods in geotechnical engineering
- Bearing capacity of shallow foundations
- Routine methods for settlement prediction
- Soil-structure interaction
3. Design and analysis of pile foundations
- Bearing capacity and settlement of a single pile
- Bearing capacity and settlement of a pile group
- Piled rafts
- Laterally loaded piles
- General analysis of pile groups
4. Earth retaining structures
- Design and analysis of cantilever, single and multi- propped walls

A. Planning a preliminary soil exploration program. Soil profiling and characterization based on in situ test data
B. Design of foundation beams
C. Design of piled foundations
D. Design of a multi- propped wall
Delivery modes
The contents will be delivered through lectures and class-work. Home-works are set up as well.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Lancellotta R. (1995). Geotechnical Engineering, Balkema, Rotterdam (NL).
Lancellotta R. (2009). Geotechnical Engineering 2nd Edition, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon (UK) and New York (USA).
Lancellotta R. and Calavera J. (1999). Fondazioni, McGraw-Hill, Milano (IT).
Lancellotta R., Costanzo D. and Foti S. (2011). Progettazione Geotecnica secondo l’Eurocodice 7 (UNI EN 1997) e le Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni (NTC 2008), Hoepli, Milano (IT).
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam includes a written test and an oral discussion about all the topics that are dealt with during the course lessons. Admission to oral discussion requires a written test score not lower than 16/30.

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

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