CE3990/CE4990 Creative Inquiry (Undergraduate Research Projects)

The description of the current active project for undergraduate research can be found on Clemson University's creative inquiry website. The current active project is
Project #1016 - Martian Soil Simulants . A poster describing this project: [Project Poster]
Project #1234 - Visualizing and Mapping Earthquake Hazard . A poster describing this project: [Project Poster].

CE8930-001 Special Topics in CE
Inelastic Materials - Modeling and Applications

Course description: Many natural and engineered materials, such as geomaterials, metals and biomaterials, generally exhibit an irreversible (inelastic) deformation behavior such that when an applied load is removed only a fraction of the deformation is recovered. In this course, we will (1) introduce the basic components of elasto-(visco) plastic constitutive models for various inelastic material behavior; (2) develop the underpinning computational platform to implement constitutive models into nonlinear finite element codes; and (3) discuss the potential applications of inelastic material models. Selected material models that are of interest to various disciplines will be discussed in class. Equal emphasis will be placed on the theory behind various models and the implementation of these models into nonlinear finite element codes.

Course Syllabus: A sample syllabus of this course can be downloaded here [PDF].


CE8930-004 Special Topics in CE
Computational Poromechanics

Course description: Computational poromechanics deals with the numerical solution of coupled multi-physics problems in porous media such as biological tissue, geomaterials, foams, etc. In particular, the balance of mass and linear momentum equations in multi-phased media (e.g., solid and fluids) will be derived from continuum mechanics principles and solved using finite element procedures. The course culminates with the analysis of coupled flow-deformation problems of fluid-saturated porous materials.

Course Syllabus: A sample syllabus of this course can be downloaded here [PDF].


CE3210: Geotechnical Engineering

Course description: This is an undergraduate introduction course that provides students with sufficient guidance and resources to learn the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering. There are three lectures per week plus one lab sessions. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to (1) explain what is geotechnical engineering is and why it is important; (2) solve certain fundamental problems in geotechnical engineering, such as classifying soils, determing total, effective and pore pressure in soil, estimating soil permeability and quantity of seepage, estimating the rate and magnitude of settlement due to consolidation, determining normal and shear stresses and possible failure at a point in a soil mass.

Recommended textbook: B.M. Des and K. Sobhan, Principles of Geotechnical Engineering (8th edition), Cengage Learning, 2013.

Course Syllabus: A sample syllabus of this course can be downloaded here [PDF].


CE2010 Statics

Course description: This is an undergraduate introduction course to engineering mechanics. Students will learn the basic principles of the mechanics of rigid bodies; be able to analyze problems in a simple and logic manner; and use free-body diagrams and vector methods in problem solving.

Recommended textbook: R.C. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics: Staticcs (13th edition), Prentice Hall, 2013.

Course Syllabus: A sample syllabus of this course can be downloaded here [PDF].