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Foundation Engineering ( 5 CFU )
Prof. Lorella Montrasio
     Tel. 0521.905932 - Fax. 0521.905924           E-mail. lorella.montrasio@unipr.it

This course is prevalently oriented to the solution of application problems and its main purpose is to provide students with the basic principles for tackling classical geotechnical engineering design.
The course deals with the Geotechnical aspects of the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, including site subsurface exploration and testing, bearing capacity and settlement calculations.

Recall of the fundamental concepts regarding soil mechanics.

Planning Site Investigation: site characterization; field reconnaissance.

Ground Investigation: drilling methods; disturbed and undisturbed sampling.

Geotechnical characterization: features of a geotechnical report.

Aknowledgement of soils: strength and deformability parameters; permeability coefficient; determination of coefficient of consolidation on the basis of laboratory and in-situ tests.

In-situ testing: Cone Penetration Test (CPT), Standard Penetration Test (SPT), Pressiometer and Flat Dilatometer Test (DMT), Field Vane test, geophysical exploration, other in-situ tests and interpretation of soil parameters for foundation design.

An in-depth look into the geotechnical and structural aspects of foundation engineering, under the point of view of measurements and controls.

Shallow foundations: methods to determine bearing capacity ad settlements.

Soil-structure interaction: different soil models; soil pressure; settlements and sectional forces for simple beams systems; theory of subgrade reaction modulus and the elastic continuum theory. Remarks on constructional questions and cases of damages.

Deep foundations: classification of pile types and construction methods, ultimate load capacity; lateral loading; estimating pile length; correlations for calculation of pile capacity with SPT and CPT results; frictional resistance in sand and clay; design examples.

Attività d'esercitazione
Exercises regarding nearly all of the theoretical lessons contents are carried out. Exercises are firstly solved by students, on the basis of the yet acquired contents, and then by the teacher, who suggests a solution of the same problem.
Teaching visits are planned: to yards where advanced geotechnical investigations are carried out, to yards where new relevant earth-retaining structures are under constructions, to advanced geotechnical laboratories.
Students will employ a software for designing a cantilever sheet pile wall.

Modalità d'esame
The examination consists in a written and an oral test. Dates of written tests are shown in the official calendar, while the date for the oral test can be agreed with the teacher.
Written and oral tests can be replaced by two written curricular tests, which are carried out during the course. Dates of curricular tests are communicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course.


Testi consigliati
Lancellotta R., Calavera J. – FONDAZIONI –Mc Grow Hill
Viggiani C. – FONDAZIONI – Hevelius edizioni

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