The course aims at providing future engineers with an essential background on mechanics, geomechanics and properties of construction materials that will be useful throughout their study curriculum and professionally when managing civil engineering projects.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
|1||Contribution of the course to the program objectives (N°):
AA1.1, AA1.2, AA3.1, AA3.3, AA4.1, AA4.2, AA4.3, AA4,4, AA5.3, AA5.5, AA6.1
Specific learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, students will be capable of:
1. Stress states, constitutive relations, and failure criteria:
- Properties and mechanical behaviour of structural materials and geomaterials.
- Shear stress and strain, plane stress, principal stress and maximum shear stress, Mohr’s circle for plane stress, triaxial stress, plane strain.
- Thermal effects, time-dependent behaviour (creep, relaxation, recovery), stress concentrations, etc.
- Failure criteria for ductile and brittle materials: Tresca, Von Mises, Rankine, Mohr-Coulomb, etc. Influence of repeated loading and fatigue.
- Stress in soil, total stress, pore water pressure and effective stress.
2. Origins and characteristics of main structural materials and geomaterials:
- Steel: composition, production, use, properties.
- Concrete: composition, use, properties.
- Masonry and Wood.
- Genesis and genetic classification of rocks: igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks. Main physical properties of rocks. Rock identification. Soil formation.
- Interpretation of geological maps.
- Physical characterization of soils: Particle size distribution of fine and coarse soils, consistency, soil classification. Volume mass relationships, soil compaction.
- Soil-water interaction, capillarity, Darcy law, 1D groundwater flow, laboratory hydraulic conductivity test, introduction to 2D groundwater flow (flownets).
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Lectures and exercise sessions in classroom, as well as laboratory sessions at LEMSC.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Continuous assessment and final written exam.
NOTE: These instructions take into account a “green” or "yellow" Covid scenario at UCLouvain. Modifications can be made in case of “orange” or “red” scenario, or restrictions in classroom capacities.