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Advanced Diploma in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

In this free online diploma course, learn about the flow behaviours, characteristics and concepts of unsaturated soils.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online diploma course on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics will aid your understanding of the flow behaviours and concepts of unsaturated soils. By learning the principles and concepts of unsaturated soil mechanics, you will have the required knowledge needed to help profer solutions to geotechnical problems involving unsaturated soils. Start this course today to improve your knowledge of unsaturated soils and its shear strength.
  • Duration

    20-30 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

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Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

This free course, Advanced Diploma in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, begins by first defining what unsaturated soil mechanics is about and then goes on to discuss the phase changes in unsaturated soils. The course then explains the capillary phenomena in unsaturated soils and the Soil-Water Characteristics Curve. Afterwards, you will learn about the various techniques used for measuring and controlling the suction of soils. You will also discover the various Hydraulic Conductivity Function and Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Models.

Next, you will be educated on the steady-state flow and transient flow in unsaturated soils. As you progress through this course, you will learn how to estimate the effective stress parameter from Suction-Controlled Test Data. Also, you will learn how to estimate the shear strength parameters of Extended Mohr-Coulomb Criterion. This course then explains the concept of suction stress in unsaturated soils, including the forces that exist in the suction stress. Lastly, the course discusses the volume change behaviour of soils, where you will discover reasons some soils exhibit swelling and collapsible behaviour and how the volume change behaviour of soils can be obtained from suction controlled tests.

Learning about the principles and concepts of unsaturated soil mechanics will help improve your knowledge of the necessary factors to consider when constructing structures in unsaturated soils. If you are a geotechnical engineer or in a profession that deals with soils, especially unsaturated soils, this course is certainly for you. Start this course now and be on your way to becoming a sought-after unsaturated soil mechanics professional.

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Modules

Basic Principles of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Capillary Phenomenon in Unsaturated Soils

Soil - Water Characteristics

Suction Measurement and Control

Soil Hydraulic Characteristics

Advanced Diploma in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics - First Assessment

Flow Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils

Shear Strength Measurement

Extended Mohr-Coulomb Criterion

Concept of Suction Stress

Volume Change Behaviour of Soils

Advanced Diploma in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you will be able to:


  • Relate the phase changes of water to unsaturated soils
  • Explain the capillary phenomena in unsaturated soils
  • Discuss the concept of Soil-Water Characteristics Curve in unsaturated soils
  • Recognise the techniques in measuring and controlling the suction of soils
  • List the various Hydraulic Conductivity Function and Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Models
  • Compare steady-state flow and transient flow in unsaturated soils
  • Discuss how to estimate the shear strength parameters of Extended Mohr-Coulomb Criterion
  • Explain the concept of suction stress in unsaturated soils
  • Evaluate the effective stress of unsaturated soils from Suction-Controlled Test data
  • Explain the swelling and collapsible behaviour of unsaturated soils
  • Discuss how the volume change behaviour of soils can be obtained from suction-controlled tests

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