Course detail

Selected Articles of Geomechanics

FAST-CF055Acad. year: 2019/2020

The students obtain theoretical and practical knowledge about geotechnical structures at this course. The emphasis will be place on mechanical behaviour and mathematical modelling.
Theory is focused to extension and recap knowledge about mechanical behaviour of rock (soil) and soil-structure interaction (foundations, underground structures and deep excavation). Other topic is stress – strain analysis of reinforced soil structures.
Generally, numerical modelling will be focused to make of numerical models (e.g. choice of constitutive models; modelling of structure elements – nails, geogrids, anchors, lining etc.).
The discussion with geotechnical experts and excursions will be included during the course, too.


Institute of Geotechnics (GTN)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will master the course objective and will be capable of orientation in methods of solution of selected problems in geomechanics.


Knowledge of types of foundation soils, properties of soils, limit states theory, basic principles of structural mechanics, theory of strength and elasticity, structure design, basic knowledge of the foundation structures proposal, rock mechanics and design of underground structures.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, classification of soils, properties of soils.
2. Capacity and settlement of shallow foundations.
3. Reinforced soil structure - basic knowledge about mechanical behaviour.
4. Experiences of design reinforced soil structures.
5. Stress state and deformation analysis of deep excavation: beam models.
6. Stress state and deformation analysis of deep excavation: planar models.
7. Deep excavation behaviour during technological process of excavation.
8. Mechanics of underground structures.
9. Response of rock surroundings due to tunnelling, surface settlement due to excavation.
10. Effects of groundwater on the stability of the structures.


To teach the students the basic orientation in stress-strain theories, rheological models, limit states of structures, stress paths theory, interaction soils and rocks with structures.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-E-SI (N) Master's

    branch K , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme N-K-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch K , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme N-P-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch K , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer