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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering I

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Broadly Geotechnical Engineering encompasses two distinct segments: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Soil Mechanics deals with study of physical properties of soils, and the relevance of these properties as they affect soil strength, stability, and drainage. Foundation engineering deals with (i) selection of foundation type based on building site conditions and site constraints, (ii) determining size and reinforcement of the foundation and (iii) finally construction of foundation element. This course will focus on the first, soil mechanics. Soil Mechanics is the basis for all geotechnical applications.. One has to learn basic principle of geotechnical engineering through soil mechanics and it is a core course for civil engineering in every college/university across the globe. Every aspect of soil mechanics starting from origin of soil to stability of soil slopes will be covered with great detail under this course.INTENDED AUDIENCE :Civil EngineeringPREREQUISITES :Engineering MechanicsINDUSTRY SUPPORT :Most of the Civil Engineering companies


Week 1: Origin of soil and its ClassificationWeek 2: Three-phase diagram & Weight volume relationshipWeek 3: Soil Compaction, seepage and permeabilityWeek 4: Effective stress concept and applicationsWeek 5: Bouusinesq’s theory and vertical stress distributionWeek 6: Shear Strength IWeek 7: Shear strength IIWeek 8: Compressibility of soilsWeek 9: Consolidation and time rate of settlementWeek 10: Earth pressure theory IWeek 11: Earth pressure theory IIWeek 12: Introduction to Stability of slopes

Taught by

Kumar Baidya


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  • Gerezgiher Gebrehiwot Gebrekidan

    Gerezgiher Gebrehiwot Gebrekidan is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering is the best for designing road construction and maintainance and for sammal and high rise building and use to extract the weakness of soil under the surface.
  • U Sai Moe Oo

    U Sai Moe Oo is taking this course right now, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I want to learn more about geotechanical Engineering course.Because I want to be a geotechnical Engineer in My Country.So,I joint this Class and I am so so thank to this Online class.

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