Geotechnical Characterization


The student should be able to:
1 - experimentally determine the parameters for the models of geotechnical materials

2 - understand the multiplicity of the existing correlations in the inherent bibliography and the difficulties to obtain the geotechnical parameters.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Teresa Teles Grilo Santana


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 30

Teaching language



To be admitted to PhD study cylceand have basic knowledge of Geotechnics.


Day, R. W. (2000) - Soil Testing Manual: Procedures, Classification Data, and Sampling Practices. McGraw-Hill.

Eurocode 7 - Geotechnical Design - Part 1: General Rules, EN 1997-1, 2004. Eurocode 7 - Geotechnical design - Part 2: Ground Investigation and Testing, s.a., 2006, prEN 1997-2, Final Draft.

Potts, D. e Zdravkovic, L. (2001) – Finite Element Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering: Theory. Thomas Telford.

Santos, J. (2002) - Rigidez dos Solos em Estados de Pré-Rotura. Ensaios Laboratoriais em Solos.

Head, K. H. (1985) - "Manual of Laboratory Testing. Volume 3: Effective Stress Tests". ELE International Limited, Pentech Press London. Bardet, J. P. (1997) - "Experimental Soil Mechanics". Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Teaching method

Theoretical sessions, followed by a period of study by the student and discussion of exercises,

Evaluation method

The student is evaluated by the reports of the work done.

Subject matter

1 - Geotechnical characterization studies – Existing information. In situ tests – Dynamic penetration test – SPT. Static penetration test - CPT and CPTu.

2 - Geotechnical parameters – By direct measurement and by correlation. Case studies.

3 - Conducting laboratory tests – Triaxial with stress path control

4 - Stress-strain behavior.