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2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Civiele Techniek
Soil Dynamics
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. M.A. Hicks    M.A.Hicks@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Course Contents
Soil dynamics is an important discipline within the field of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Especially in countries with a higher risk of earthquakes, for example Japan and the United States of America, soil dynamics is a vital part of earthquake engineering. Earthquake engineering is the science to design earthquake resistant buildings and infrastructure. In Delta countries like the Netherlands there are not very strong earthquakes, but here soil dynamics is important for other reasons.
Because of the expanding cities and because of the growing number of traffic jams, more underground structures like bored tunnels, underground railway stations and parking garages are build close to the foundations of already existing buildings. Vibrations due to demolishing of old structures, installation of foundation piles and sheet piles, passing trains or other vibrating sources may create structural damage or personal discomfort. Soil dynamical knowledge is needed to explain, predict and solve these problems.
Study Goals
The students are given the background knowledge both to formulate and solve practical problems occurring in soil dynamics and to interpret the calculated results.

28 h lectures/contact hours
2 h practical exercise
10 h report on practical exercise
42 h self-study
7 h preparation exam
1 h oral exam
90 h (6 h * 30 h/ECTS)
Education Method
Lessons + practical exercise
Literature and Study Materials
Syllabus: Soil dynamics in urban areas (at start available at blackboard)
prints of sheets and notes
Assignments during the course.
Oral examination based on the lectures, lecture notes, the practical exercise and the accompanying report made by the student.
Enrolment / Application
Please enroll by sending an e-mail to the teacher (p.holscher-3@tudelft.nl) with your name and student number before going to the first lecture. In this way a free lecture note can be made in time for the student.
The practical experiment: one outside field measurements. Measuring wave speed from impulsive excitation, train vibrations in the soil and in a simple structure.
The exercise is carried out as a group, but the report will be written as an individual. The report will be written partially before the test and partially after the test.

Both the lecture notes and this report will be discussed during the oral examination.
dr. ir. P. Hölscher e-mail Paul.Hoelscher-3@tudelft.nl
tel. 015-278 90 30 (Thursday/Friday) or
tel. 088-335 73 43 (Monday/Tuesday)
dr. ir. K. van Dalen e-mail K.N.vanDalen@tudelft.nl
Expected prior Knowledge
B.Sc. courses CTB1210 (Dynamics and Modelling; required), CTB2300 (Dynamics of Systems; strongly advised) and CTB2310/AESB2330 (Soil Mechanics, which contains the Theory of Elasticity; required). As an alternative for CTB2300 & CTB1210, one can take the M.Sc. course CIE4145 (Dynamics and an Introduction into Continuum Mechanics), or courses
AESB1320 and AESB1420.
Academic Skills
Analytics and structural mechanics.
Literature & Study Materials
Lecture notes and lecture slides.
The final grade will be based on the written assignments, report of the field test and an oral exam.
Permitted Materials during Exam
The written assignments and report of the field test.