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Dr. Bashar AlTarawneh
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Index properties of soils, soil classification, plow in porous media: one dimensional and two dimensional flow, soil-stresses, compaction, distribution of stresses due to surface loads, consolidation theory and effect of construction period, shear strength of soils and shear strength tests.
Soil Mechanics Review, foundations definitions and types, distribution of stresses in soils, bearing pressure , bearing capacity of soils, rectangular combined footing, mat foundations, settlement of shallow foundations, deep foundations capacity and settlement, lateral earth pressure and retaining walls, stability of slopes.
Earth Retaining Structures
Review of fundamentals, lateral earth pressure, retaining walls, sheet pile walls, cantilever sheet-pile walls, anchored sheet-pile walls, braced-excavation, reinforced earth, retaining walls with metallic strip reinforcement, retaining walls with metallic geotextile, gabions.
Algorithms to solve linear and non-linear equations. Solution of simultaneous linear equations using various methods: Gaussian elimination, Gauss-Jordan and Iterative Gauss-Seidel method. Solution using optimization techniques: unconstrained and constrained optimization. Curve fitting: Least square regression, Newton divided difference interpolation, Lagrange interpolation, Spline interpolation and Fourier Approximation. Numerical differentiation and integration. Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations: Runge-Kutta methods. Introduction to partial differential equation methods: Finite element method and finite difference method.
Force systems (2D and 3D), equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies (2D and 3D), structures (trusses, frames and machines), distributed forces (centroids and centers of mass), beams (shearing force and bending moment diagrams), friction, moments of inertia and virtual work.
Advanced Numerical Methods
Graduate Level Course
Mathematical preliminaries, computer precision, loss of significance, error propagation, interpolating polynomials, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solution of differential equations (ODE), initial and boundary values, linear and nonlinear systems, approximation theory, direct methods, iterative techniques (Eigenvalues), characteristics and boundary integral equation methods, curve fitting, least squares, Spline, Fourier approximation, discrete and fast Fourier transforms, numerical algorithms for advanced engineering problems.
Concrete constituents, their principal roles in concrete performance. Cement: manufacture and types, contents, properties. Cement hydration reactions, concrete microstructure formation, hydration products and their influence to final concrete qualities. Setting, hardening and heat of hydration relationships and their significance. Fresh concrete: workability, segregation and mixing tests of fresh concrete. Other cementations materials and their effects on hydration process and ultimate concrete behaviour. Aggregate selection: physical and chemical properties affecting the performance of fresh and hardened concrete. Admixtures: chemical and physical effects on concrete behaviour both in fresh and hardened state. Additives: chemical and physical effects on concrete behaviour. Strength of concrete: compressive, tensile and flexural. Elasticity, shrinkage and creep. Testing of hardened concrete. Mix design. Durability Problems in Concrete.
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