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Mechanics of Geomaterials

4 ECTS credits
110 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4017284FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership agreement
  • Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Engineering
Responsible organisation
Mechanics of Materials and Constructions
Educational Team:
  • Bertrand FRANCOIS (course titular)
    External partner(s)
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Activities and contact hours
    • 24 contact hours Lecture
    • 24 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
    Course content

    The valid fiche can be found at the following link: CNST - H517. Change the language to English in the dropdown menu on top of the page.

    The objective of this course is to give the first notions about non-linear constitutive model dedicated to the mechanical behaviour of geomaterials.


      ° Constitutive modelling in geomechanics

      ° Geomaterials and historical overview of geomechanics

      ° Stress state in geomaterials

      ° Conventional experimental tests


      ° General overview of constitutive laws

      ° Elasticity

      ° Elasto-plasticity

      ° Elastic – perfectly plastic models

      ° Critical state and hardening models

      ° Behaviour of unsaturated soils


      ° Non-conventional testing

      ° Effects of environmental variables on soil behaviour

      ° Modeling of geomechanical problems

    Course material
    • Digital course material (Required):
    Additional info

    The course material consists in Powerpoint delivered by the teacher, accessible on Pointcarré.

    Programme Objectives

    General competence

    The Master of Science in Engineering has in-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering

    The Master of Science in Engineering has in-depth knowledge and understanding of integrated structural design methods in the framework of a global design strategy.

    The Master of Science in Engineering can correctly report on research or design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a scientific paper

    The Master of Science in Engineering can present and defend results in a scientifically sound way, using contemporary communication tools, for a national as well as for an international professional or lay audience.

    The Master of Science in Civil Engineering – Option Construction and Geomaterials can integrate the behaviour of geomaterial as a construction or a geological material in complex civil engineering problems.


    The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

    • Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

    Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

    exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Additional info with regard to grading

    The evaluation consists in three different parts:

    - 20% of the mark: the presentation of a scientific paper per group of two students on a topic closely related to the content of the course

    - 15% of the mark: a report related to a computer exercise session

    - 65% of the mark: a written exam. It is an open-book exam mainly based on exercices.