Course Details

Soil Mechanics

Academic Year 2024/25

BFA002 course is part of 4 study plans

BPC-SI / VS Summer Semester 2nd year

BKC-SI Summer Semester 2nd year

BPA-SI Summer Semester 2nd year

BPC-MI Winter Semester 2nd year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction

Czech, English


5 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

To offer to students of all faculties

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective


1. Introduction to soil mechanics (basic characteristics of soils; origin, formation, mineralogy, grain size composition). 2. Index and state properties of soils. Classification of soils for engineering purposes. 3. Basic of geomechanics – (Stress and strain in soil; Mohr´s circle; Principle of effective stress, The mechanical behavior of materials - elasticity, plasticity, failure; drainaed, undrained conditions; the effect of time). 4. Importance of water in soil (permeability, steady state seepage). 5. Compressibility of soil (isotropic, One-dimensional, over-consolidation). 6. Consolidation; Creep (theory + laboratory testing); settlement (immediate, consolidation and total). 7. Shear strength of soils (peak, critical, residual). 8. Shear strength of soils continuation. 9. Shear strength of soils - laboratory tests (triaxial tests, shear test). 10. Bearing capacity of soil. 11. Slope stability. 12. Earth pressure. Compaction of soils.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Index properties of soils. Characteristics of phase relationship in the soil. 2. Classification of soils. 3. Effective stress. Stresses in soil due to surface loads. 4. Geostatic stress. Determination of the coefficient of hydraulic conductivity of the soil. 5. Compression and consolidation – determination of relevant parameters. 6. Calculation of settlements. 7. Laboratory – index and state properties. 8. Laboratory – mechanical properties. 9. Determination of triaxial tests. 10. Calculation of bearing capacity of soil. 11. Solution of homogenous slope stability. 12. Calculation of earth pressure. Credits.