220.030 Geosynthetics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 1.5h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  •     explain the basics of the application and dimensioning of geosynthetics in geotechnics,
  •     distinguish types of geosynthetics and to state their function and mode of action,
  •     explain design principles, dimensioning and design bases,
  •     describe areas of application and possible applications,
  •     list test methods and acceptance controls,
  •     discuss planning and projecting of components with geotextiles,
  •     select between the geosynthetic products available on the market.

Subject of course

The lecture content includes the description of the most common types of geosynthetics used in geotechnics (geotextiles, nonwovens, sealing foils, filter products, reinforcement elements, etc.), their areas of application as well as the basic features of dimensioning and project planning. Test methods and acceptance criteria as well as areas of application and rehabilitation possibilities of geosynthetics are explained on the basis of current practical examples (hydraulic engineering, reinforced base layers in road and railway construction, service roads and traffic areas in municipal road and path construction, geogrid-reinforced steep embankments and supporting structures, dam foundations, rockfall reinforcement and subsoil improvement with geosynthetics, etc.).

Teaching methods

The course provides an overview of the application fundamentals for the design and application of geosynthetics in geotechnics; products, regulations and recommendations for practical application are presented and construction principles, dimensioning and design fundamentals are explained; design, approval and project processing of geotechnical structures with geosynthetics are taught on the basis of practical case studies.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Lecture mode in summer semester 2023:
The course will be held in presence in the summer semester 2023. In case the holding of lectures in presence is no longer permitted due to the requirements of the Federal Government or the TU Wien, a change to an online-mode is carried out.



Course dates

Fri09:00 - 15:0021.04.2023HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Geosynthetics
Sat09:00 - 16:0022.04.2023HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Geosynthetics

Examination modalities

Elaboration of theoretical questions and calculation examples

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
21.02.2023 12:00 17.04.2023 08:00 21.04.2023 08:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences Mandatory elective
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


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