Geotechnical Engineering II Questions and Answers

Geotechnical Engineering Interview Questions and Answers

Our 1000+ “Geotechnical Engineering – Part 2 – Foundation Engineering” (along with 1000+ “Geotechnical Engineering – Part1 – Soil Mechanics”) questions and answers focus on all areas of Geotechnical Engineering subject covering 200+ topics in Geotechnical Engineering. One can read Part 1 Here.

Here’s list of Questions & Answers on Geotechnical Engineering – Part 2 Subject covering 100+ topics:

1. Questions & Answers on Failure Envelopes & Earth Pressure

The section contains questions and answers on mohr-colomb failure envelope, earth pressure basics and problems, active and passive states, rankines theory, cohesive soils earth pressure, coulombs wedge theory and culmanns graphical method.

The Mohr – Colomb Failure Envelope
Earth Pressure Introduction-1
Earth Pressure Introduction-2
Active and Passive States
Earth Pressure at Rest
Active Earth Pressure: Rankines Theory-1
Active Earth Pressure: Rankine’s Theory-2
Active Earth Pressure of Cohesive Soils
Passive Earth Pressure: Rankine’s Theory
Earth Pressure Problems
Coulombs Wedge Theory
Culmanns Graphical Method for Active Pressure

2. Questions on Shafts, Tunnels and Conduits

The section contains questions on positive and negative projecting conduits, conduits classes and stress distribution in vicinity.

Load on Positive and Negative Projecting Conduits
Stress Distribution in the Vicinity of Shafts
Classes of Underground Conduits

3. Questions & Answers on Stability of Slopes

The section contains questions on stability analysis with infinite slopes as well as finite slopes, swedish slip circle method, friction circle method and taylors stability curves.

Stability Analysis of Infinite Slopes
Stability Analysis of Finite Slopes
The Swedish Slip Circle Method
Friction Circle Method
Taylors Stability Number and Curves

4. Questions on Bearing Capacity

The sections covers questions on types of bearing capacities and its failures, terzaghi’s as well as brinch hansens analysis, plate load test, rankines analysis, standard penetration test and i.s. codes.

Rankines Analysis
Types of Bearing Capacity Failures
Terzaghis Analysis
Brinch Hansens Analysis
Effect of Water Table on Bearing Capacity
I.S. Code Method for Computing Bearing Capacity
Plate Load Test
Standard Penetration Test
Permissible Total and Differential Settlements

5. Questions & Answers on Shallow Foundations

The section contains questions on types of foundations and footings like combined footing, strap footing and, mat or raft footing.

Types of Foundation
Settlement of Footings
Combined Footing and Strap Footing
Mat or Raft Footing
I.S. Code of Practice for Design of Raft Foundations

6. Questions on Pile Foundations

The section contains questions on types of piles like concrete piles, bored piles, reamed piles and situ concrete piles.

Types of Piles
Load Carrying Capacity of Piles
Pile Load Tests
Group Action in Piles
Reamed Pile Foundations
Construction of under – Reamed Pile Foundation
Cased Cast – Situ Concrete Piles
Uncased Cast – Situ Concrete Piles
Bored Piles

7. Questions & Answers on Well Foundations

The section contains questions on shapes and analysis of well foundation, well curbs, cutting edges, well sinking and pneumatic caissons.

Shapes of Wells and Component Parts
Analysis of Well Foundation
Well Curb, Cutting Edge, Steining and Bottom Plug
Well Sinking
Pneumatic Caissons

8. Questions on Machine Foundations

The section contains questions and answers on mass spring system, barkens method and dynamic analysis of block foundations.

The Mass Spring System
Barkens Method
Dynamic Analysis of Block Foundations

9. Questions & Answers on Design of Flexible & Rigid Pavement

The section contains questions on pavement types, flexible pavements design and stresses, equivalent wheel, axle load and rigid pavements design.

Types of Pavement
Design of Flexible Pavements – 1
Design of Flexible Pavements – 2
Stresses in Flexible Pavements
Equivalent Wheel and Axle Load
Design of Rigid Pavements

10. Questions on Stabilisation of Soils, Site Investigation and Sub – Soil Exploration

The section contains questions and answers on mechanical stabilisation, site exploration and its methods, soil samples and geophysical methods.

Mechanical Stabilisation
Site Exploration
Method of Site Exploration
Soil Samples and Samplers-1
Soil Samples and Samplers-2
Geophysical Methods-1
Geophysical Methods-2

11. Questions & Answers on Reinforced Earth and Geotextiles

The section contains questions on reinforced earth and geotextiles.

Reinforced Earth Geotextiles
If you would like to learn Geotechnical Engineering thoroughly, you should attempt to work on the complete set of questions and answers mentioned above. It will immensely help anyone trying to crack an exam or an interview.

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Wish you the best in your endeavor to learn and master Geotechnical Engineering – Foundation Engineering!

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