Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Advanced Soil Mechanics

Overall Course Objectives

To enable the participants – on the basis of an advanced knowledge of strength and deformation characteristics of soils – to formulate commonly used models of soil behaviour including elastic perfectly plastic (Tresca and Mohr-Coulomb) and Cam clay and to assess their advantages and limitations. The participants will develop the ability to select the appropriate soil parameters from laboratory tests and use them to analyse a wide range of geotechnical applications

Learning Objectives

  • Describe oedometer, direct shear or triaxial test and be able to perform one of them on clay and/or sand
  • Interpret soil behaviour from oedometer, direct shear or triaxial tests or a combination of them to establish design parameters, such as strength and stiffness, and critical state parameters
  • Structure, present and discuss laboratory test results in an interpretation report
  • Manipulate 3D stress and strain, for example using operator split between volumetric and deviatoric components, as an input in constitutive equations
  • Describe qualitatively the expected stress-strain soil behaviour using the Critical State framework
  • Describe qualitatively the changes in soil strength and stiffness, based on soil state both in terms of stress and density using the Critical State framework and including the effects of stress history
  • Use Critical State framework to predict soil behaviour in terms of soil stress and strain
  • Compare predicted and observed behaviour and link the difference to geological processes through sensitivity framework

Course Content

Laboratory testing. Advanced soil behaviour. Constitutive equations, yield criteria, plasticity theory, strain softening and hardening.

Recommended prerequisites

11411/12411, Basic soil mechanics: effective stress, deformation, drained and undrained strength, one-dimensional consolidation

Teaching Method

Lectures, laboratory work, group work.



this course is a prerequisite for Advanced geotechnical engineering and Constitutive models and plasticity in soil mechanics

See course in the course database.





13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12421
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK