Subject Datasheet

Download PDF

I. Subject Specification

1. Basic Data
1.1 Title
Geotechnical finite element analysis
1.2 Code
1.3 Type
Module with associated contact hours
1.4 Contact hours
Type Hours/week / (days)
Lecture 2
1.5 Evaluation
1.6 Credits
1.7 Coordinator
name András Mahler
academic rank Associate professor
1.8 Department
Department of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
1.9 Website
1.10 Language of instruction
1.11 Curriculum requirements
1.12 Prerequisites
1.13 Effective date
1 September 2022

2. Objectives and learning outcomes
2.1 Objectives
The scope of this course is to familiarise students with advanced finite element modelling techniques, with particular focus on unsaturated soil behaviour and soil dynamics.
2.2 Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student:
A. Knowledge
  1. knows about unsaturated soil characteristics (SWCC, matric suction, stress variables)
  2. knows about modelling techniques used for time-history analyses
B. Skills
  1. is able to prepare geotechnical finite element model for advanced geotechnical problems such as ones involving unsaturated soil behaviour or dynamic problems
C. Attitudes
  1. ready to learn
D. Autonomy and Responsibility
  1. is autonomous
2.3 Methods
Lectures on special modeling concepts, unsaturated soil behaviour, a modeling dynamic problems.
2.4 Course outline
All classes are held in one week, immediately after the school, over 3 days. The basic programme for this period (day by day)
1st day: Lectures on unsaturated soil mechanics covering the following topics physical background, stress variables, seepage calculation, strength and deformation properties.
2nd day: Finite element modelling of unsaturated soil behaviour. Two related sample problem will be explained and analysed with active participation of the students.
3rd day: Finite element modelling of soil dynamical problems. Two related sample problem will be explained and analysed with active participation of the students.
The detailed daily schedule is announced on the week before
The above programme is tentative and subject to changes due to calendar variations and other reasons specific to the actual semester. Consult the effective detailed course schedule of the course on the subject website.
2.5 Study materials
a) Online materials:
  1. Online lecture videos on unsaturated
b) Written materials:
  1. Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice (2012). D. G. Fredlund, H. Rahardjo, M. D. Fredlund, Print ISBN:9781118133590 Online ISBN:9781118280492 DOI:10.1002/9781118280492
  2. Plaxis tutorial
2.6 Other information
2.7 Consultation

The instructors are available for consultation during their office hours, as advertised on the department website. Special appointments can be requested via e-mail:

This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
Inactive courses

II. Subject requirements

Assessment and evaluation of the learning outcomes
3.1 General rules
Written test
3.2 Assessment methods
Evaluation formAbbreviationAssessed learning outcomes
Written testTA.1-A.2; B.1; C.1; D.1

The dates of deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject’s website.
3.3 Evaluation system
3.4 Requirements and validity of signature
Succesful test
3.5 Grading system
GradePoints (P)
excellent (5)85<=P
good (4)70<=P<85%
satisfactory (3)60<=P<70%
passed (2)50<=P<60%
failed (1)P<50%
3.6 Retake and repeat
There is one retake.
3.7 Estimated workload
Participation on the lectures14×2=28
Preparation for the test50
3.8 Effective date
1 September 2022
This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
Inactive courses