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     CE 744 Foundation Engineering
 

Subsurface investigations; design of shallow and deep foundations including piles and drilled shafts to resist combined loadings; design of permanent and temporary retaining structures; and control of groundwater. Although the practice of foundation engineering requires significant knowledge in the areas of structural analysis, concrete and steel design, as well as construction means and methods, this course will focus on the geotechnical aspects of foundation engineering. 3 credit hours.

 
     

Prerequisite
 

CE 342 Engineering Behavior of Soils and Foundations.

 

Course Objectives  

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to: Interpret subsurface information to propose material properties; Select appropriate models and analysis methodologies for a range of foundation engineering problems; Perform the geotechnical engineering (not structural) design functions for: shallow and deep foundations for vertical and lateral loads, retaining walls and basic excavation support systems.

 

Course Requirements  

Homework assignments: Weekly or bi-weekly assignments account for 30% of course grade.

Exams: Midterm exam accounts for 20% and final exam 30% of course grade.

Projects: Two group projects will account for 20% of course grade.

 

Course Outline  
  • Introduction to Foundation Design
  • Bearing capacity of shallow foundations including the influence of inclined loads & moments, layered systems and sloping ground.
  • Shear strength and compressibility of geomaterials
  • Site Characterization
  • Settlement analyses
  • Deep foundation design
  • Laterally loaded piles/shafts
  • Axial Capacity of Piles
  • Pile dynamics / Wave Equation analysis including GRLWEAP
  • Design of pile groups
  • Design of drilled shafts
  • Lateral pressure and retaining wall design
  • Excavation support and dewatering

 

Required Textbook  

Foundation Design: Principles and Practices, by Donald P. Coduto, 2001, Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0135897068.

 

References  

A number of technical papers and on-line technical reports will be assigned for supplemental reading.

LTBASE computer code available from instructor.

GRLWEAP is made available as a student version.


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Instructor  

Dr. Roy. H. Borden, Professor
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
421 Mann Hall, Campus Box 7908
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7908

Phone: 919.515.7630
Fax: 919.515.7908
Email: borden@ncsu.edu