Technical College / Mosul
Department : Building & Construction Technology Engineering
Subject : Soil Mechanics
Class : Third year
Hours : 2hrs ( Theoretical ) , 3hrs ( Practical )
The student should have the kinds of soil , formation , classification ,
properties , stresses , water flowing inside the soil , mechanism of soil
behavior in construction engineering including laboratories & field
tests needed .
Week Theoretical Syllabus
1 Soil formation , Their deposits , Types of soil.
Formation by rock erosion , Residual & transported
2 soils , Organic soils , Types of rocks sedimentary
igneous & metamorphic rocks .
3 Geotechnical properties .
Formation of natural sedimentation , Grain size
4&5&6 distribution , Clay minerals , Soil classification ,
Weight – volume relationship , Soil compaction .
7&8 Hydraulic properties , Permeability field & LAB .
Continuous flow , One & two dimensional ( Flow ,
Flow net , Piping or boiling ).
12&13&14 Principles of effective stress , Total stress , Effective
stress , Pore water pressure .
15&16 Distribution of external stresses .
Consolidation theory & settlement , Terzaghi theory
& assumptions , Consolidation test , Consolidation
Shear strength of soil , Mohr-Coulomb theory ,
Laboratory tests , Direct shear test , Tri-axial test ,
Coefficient of pore water pressure .
27&28 Collapse soil & swelling soil .
29&30 Lateral earth pressure .
1- Soil Mechanics / T. William Lambe & Robert V. Whitman
2- Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice / Karl Terzaghi & Ralph
3- Soil Testing for Engineers / T. William Lambe