Foundation Engineering and Earth-Retaining Structures

Term: 2nd Semester – Academic Year 2023-2024

Instructor: Dr. G. Andreotti

Institution: IUSS Pavia

CFU: 6


Duration: From 8/4/2024 to 6/5/2024

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The purpose of this course is to apply the principles of soil mechanics to the analysis and design of foundation systems and earth retaining structures.


Review on physical and engineering properties of soils of principal interest for the analysis and design of foundation elements shall be considered at the beginning of the course.
The load capacity and movements of shallow and deep foundations will be studied. Evaluation of the limiting shear resistance, or ultimate bearing capacity of the soil under a foundation load together with estimation of the settlements will be presented. Concept, design, and construction of different type of shallow foundations shall be discussed by various engineering examples.
Static pile capacity determination as well as an introduction to materials and methods to produce pile members will be concerned. Methods to analyze lateral pile response to loads and to pile buckling will also be presented.
Theoretical background of the lateral earth pressure problem will be discussed (active and passive earth pressure, seismic earth pressure). The basic principles for analysis and design of the reinforced earth, gravity, and concrete cantilever wall; the sheet-pile cantilever and anchored walls will be considered. Analysis of sliding, overturning and rotational wall stability.
An introduction to EuroCode 7 and main aspects of performance-based design will also be addressed.