RAK-23546 Computational Geotechnics II, 5 cr

Additional information

Teaching in English. The contact lectures are given every second year, next implementation in spring 2020. Beyond the lecture periods, the course is possible to complete by self-access learning. In that case contact the Person responsible.

Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Juho Mansikkamäki, Tim Länsivaara


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
RAK-23546 2019-01 3 - 4 Juho Mansikkamäki
Exam and course work

Learning Outcomes

After the course student has a basic knowledge about the elasticity theory and plasticity and how they are applied for soil modeling. Student is able to conduct independently versatile calculation analysis with finite element program Plaxis 2D, to conduct deformation analysis as a function of time, to conduct safety/ULS analysis to analyze the results obtained.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. The basics of soil modeling, linear elasticity, linear-perfectly plastic models, hardening models.     
2. Designing earth and foundation structures using the finite element program. Use of FEM program Plaxis 2D.     
3. Master the typical design cases related to excavations, foundations, road and railway construction. SLS and ULS analyses of these structures.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The assessment is based on the exam (50%) and projects/course work (50%)

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Book   Eurocode 7           No   
Lecture slides   Lecture materials   TUT         Yes   
Other online content   Plaxis-manuals   Plaxis bv         Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
RAK-23526 Computational Geotechnics Mandatory    
RAK-32301 Elementtimenetelmän perusteet Advisable    

Correspondence of content

There is no equivalence with any other courses

Updated by: Turjanmäki Pia, 04.03.2019