Rock and Soil Mechanics

Course Information
CodeNGGG 629E
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Papathanasiou
Course ID600019057

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses635
EFARMOSMENĪ GEŌLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)635
GEŌFYSIKĪElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)635

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, the students: The goal of this course is to provide the necessary knowledge to the students in order to solve geotechnical issues about stability problems of geological formations, resulting to safe construction of civil works, after the evaluation and calculation of the soil and rock parameters.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. The goal of Soil and Rock Mechanics course is to provide the necessary knowledge to the students in order to compose geotechnical studies for the construction of civil works. 2. The content of this course is the following: A) Theory: 1) Physical and mechanical characteristics of the soil and classification of the it according to the procedures, 2) stresses distribution, 3) bearing capacity, 4) settlement and compactibility of soil, 5) earth pressure and retaining structures, 6) trench stability, 7) field tests, 8) Eurocodes, 9) geotechnical design 2) Qualitative description of rock, joints, rock mass. Physical and Mechanical characteristics of rocks. Shear strength of rock and rock mass. Rock deformability. Shear strength of rock joints. Failure criteria. Geotechnical classification of rock masses. Stability analysis of rock masses in slopes, tunnels and foundations. B) Laboratory experience: Practice on laboratory soil and rock tests, according - Normal characteristics and properties of soil - Grain size analysis - Atterberg limits - Oedoimetric compression test - Uniaxial compressive strength (UCS) - Proctor compaction test - Direct shear test - Triaxial test - Point load test
Soil, rock, laboratory tests, physical-mechanical characteristics of soil-rock, strength of soil-rock, failure criterion
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) The teachers uses computer and relative presentation or other software during the lectures 2) The teachers communicate with the students via e-mail or other social media 3) The course evaluation is performed using the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.) website
Course Organization
Laboratory Work52
Reading Assigment15
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities8
Written assigments8
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Τα βοηθήματα Edu9 και Edu10 είναι σε έντυπη μορφή και διατίθενται στους φοιτητές που επιλέγουν το συγκεκριμένο μάθημα (κυρίως το Edu10). Edu 9. CHRISTARAS, B. (2006): Soil mechanics laboratory and in situ tests. Techn Chamber of Gr, 2nd Ed. 144p (in Greek) Edu 10. CHRISTARAS, B. (2010). Simple steps on soil mechanics. University Studio Press, 276 p (in Greek)
Additional bibliography for study
Όλα βρίσκονται αναρτημένα στην ιστοσελίδα και πολλά αναφέρονται στα ηλεκτρονικά μαθήματα και στα εικονικά εργαστήρια, στην σελίδα του Τμήματος Γεωλογίας ( και Edu 1. CHRISTARAS B. (1992): logging methods in boreholes. Geotechnical News (Geotechnical Chamber of Greece), v. 39, Nov. 1992, pp. 41-56 Edu 2. CHRISTARAS B. (2003): Natural building stones. Technical characteristics – Non destructive methods of study. Notes for the post-graduate courses of “Monument protection”, NTUA – Dept. Chem. Eng. 25p. Edu 3. CHRISTARAS, B. (2004). Soil Mechanics. AUTH Web Courses, , 149p Edu 4. CHRISTARAS, B. (2004). Laboratory tests of soil mechanics. AUTH Web Courses, , 133p Edu 5. CHRISTARAS, B & CHATZIANGELOU, M. (2004). Rock mass Description and Classification. AUTH Web courses, 28p. Edu 6. CHRISTARAS, B. MAKEDON, TH. & VASALAKIS, AN. (2004). Diamond Core Bits. AUTH Web courses, 46p. Edu 7. CHRISTARAS, B. (2005). Landslides (Gr) AUTH Web Courses, Edu 8. CHRISTARAS, B. (2005). Landslides (Gr) AUTH Web Courses,
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