Academic Year 2020/2021 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff: Maria Rossella MASSIMINO
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: ICAR/07 - Geotechnics
Taught classes: 28 hours
Exercise: 30 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide advanced knowledge on the behavior of static and dynamic soil by physical, analytical and numerical modeling. Main constitutive models implemented and / or to be implemented in FEM, FDM (etc) codes are shown. The fundamentals for the study of the seismic local site response and liquefaction phenomena are also provided.

If the teaching is given in a mixed or remote way, the necessary changes with respect to what was previously stated may be introduced, in order to respect the program here reported.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons also through Power Point presentations. Seminars in collaboration with geotechnical company and/or engineers. Exercises in the classroom.

Detailed Course Content


Set of equations for solving any geotechnical problems in static and dynamic conditions. Laboratory tests in static conditions and evaluation of the main parameters to be used in the most important constitutive models. Failure criteria.Traditional and advanced constitutive models for numerical analyses in static conditions. Static liquefaction.

Seismic motion. Local site response. Seismic microzonation. Laboratory tests in dynamic conditions. Traditional and advanced constitutive models for numerical analyses in dynamic conditions. Dynamic liquefaction.

Textbook Information

  1. A. Burghignoli (2018). "Meccanica delle Terre". Hevelius Edizioni, Benevento.
  2. T. Crespellani, J. Facciorusso (2010). "Dinamica dei terreni". Dario Flaccovio Editore.
  3. S.J. Kramer (1996). “Geotechnical Earthquake Enginnering”. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA.5.
  4. G. Lanzo, F. Silvestri (1999). "Risposta sismica locale". Hevelius, Italy.
  5. R. Nova (2002). “Fondamenti di meccanica delle terre”. McGraw-Hill, Milano, Italy.
  6. D. Muir Wood (2004). “Geotechnical modelling”. E & FN Spon.
  7. Scientific papers and other materials, including the PowerPoint presentations of all the lessons, will be given to the students by means of the "Studium" system of the Catania University website.