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Course Name Soil Dynamics and Machine Foundations
Course Code 18SC723
Program M. Tech. in Structural & Construction Engineering
Credits Coimbatore
Year Taught 2019


Course Syllabus

Introduction: Nature and types of dynamic loading, Importance of soil dynamics. Fundamentals of vibration: Vibration of elementary systems, Dynamics of elastic systems, Degrees of freedom, Free and forced vibration.

Wave propagation: Types of waves, Waves in unbound media, Waves in semi-infinite media, Waves in layered media. Dynamic soil properties: Laboratory tests, Field tests, Correlation of different parameters.

Dynamic bearing capacity of foundations: Theories and methods, Design aspects. Dynamic earth pressure: Active and Passive Pressures, Retaining wall problems under Dynamic loads. Dynamic slope stability Analysis. Liquefaction: Basic concept, Evaluation and effects, Vibratory motion of foundation, Vibration screening, Design of machine foundations.

Text Books

  • Principles of soil dynamics, Braja M. Das, G.V. Ramana, Cengage Learning, 2010.
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, S. L. Kramer, Prentice Hall, New Jersy, 2003.
  • Vibrations of Soils and Foundations, E.E. Rihcart et al., Prentice Hall Inc., 1970.
  • Soil Dynamics and Machine Foundations, Swami Saran, Galgotia Publications Pvt Ltd, 1999.


‘Soil Dynamics and Machine Foundations’ is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

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