Basic Soil Mechanics
This successful text covers the basic principles of soil mechanics and the new edition includes a computer based simulation package. This package will include a suite of interactive spreadsheet assignments covering a wide range of topics, an online reference manual, an online glossary of terms and symbols and a soil mechanics "quiz" for student self-assessment.
Soil mechanics is a core component of all civil engineering studies and an important topic for building and construction. An understanding of the behaviour of soil and rocks is essential for anyone planning, constructing or maintaining buildings as all structures rely on their natural foundations for ultimate stability.
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Classification of soils for engineering purposes
Basic physical properties of soils
Groundwater pore pressure and effective stress
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angle of friction assumed Calculate cell pressure cent cohesive soils compaction compression constant critical curve depth determine deviator stress diameter drainage drained dry density earth pressure effective stress equilibrium example excavation excess pore pressure factor of safety flow force foundation gravel ground surface groundwater groundwater level horizontal increase isotropic kN/m kNIm3 laboratory layer limit liquid limit maximum measured method normal stress normally consolidated obtained occur oedometer test parameters particles peak strength permeability pile plane plastic plot pore pressure porewater pumping resistance sample sand saturated Section seepage settlement shear failure shear strength shear stress shown in Fig silts slip surface slope soil mass Soil Mechanics specimen stability strain strength envelope stress path structure tension crack thickness total stress triaxial test ultimate undrained conditions undrained strength unit weight vertical stress void ratio volume compressibility wall water content water table yield