Soil Mechanics: Basic Concepts and Engineering Applications

Soil Mechanics: Basic Concepts and Engineering Applications

By: A. Aysen (author)Paperback

Special OrderSpecial Order item not currently available. We'll try and order for you.


A logical, integrated and comprehensive coverage of both introductory and advanced topics in soil mechanics in an easy-to-understand style. Emphasis is placed on presenting fundamental behaviour before more advanced topics are introduced. The use of S.I. units throughout, and frequent references to current international codes of practice and refereed research papers, make the contents universally applicable. Written with the university student in mind and packed full of pedagogical features, this book provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of both introductory and advanced topics in soil mechanics. It includes: worked examples to elucidate the technical content and facilitate self-learning a convenient structure (the book is divided into sections), enabling it to be used throughout second, third and fourth year undergraduate courses universally applicable contents through the use of SI units throughout, frequent references to current international codes of practice and refereed research papers new and advanced topics that extend beyond those in standard undergraduate courses. The perfect textbook for a range of courses on soils mechanics and also a very valuable resource for practising professional engineers.

About Author

Dr. A. Aysen is a graduate of London University. His research interests include: the design of true two-dimensional plane strain and large shear box apparatus, numerical applications of limit analysis and soil stabilisation methods. In the past 15 years he has been involved in research and teaching of the geotechnical engineering subjects in the universities of Newcastle and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia.


1. Nature of Soils, Plasticity and Compaction 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Nature and chemistry of soils 1.3 Mass-volume relationships 1.4 Particle size distribution 1.5 Index properties and volume change in fine grained soils 1.6 Soil classification for geotechnical purposes 1.7 Compaction 1.8 Problems 1.9 References 2. Effective Stress and Pore Pressure in Saturated Soils 2.1 Introduction 2.2 State of stress at a point due to self-weight 2.3 State of stress at a point due to external forces 2.4 Problems 2.5 References 3. The Movement of Water through Soil 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Principles of flow in porous media 3.3 Permeability 3.4 Flow nets 3.5 Mathematics of the flow in soil 3.6 Seepage through earth dams 3.7 Problems 3.8 References 4. Shear Strength of Soils and Failure Criteria 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion 4.3 Laboratory shear strength tests 4.4 Stress-strain behaviour of sands and clays 4.5 Critical state theory 4.6 Problems 4.7 References 5. Stress Distribution and Settlement in Soils 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Fundamental equations of elasticity 5.3 Stress distribution due to external and internal loading 5.4 Elastic settlement of footings 5.5 Soil-footing interaction models 5.6 Problems 5.7 References 6. One Dimensional Consolidation 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Consolidation indices and settlement prediction 6.3 Solution of one dimensional consolidation differential equation 6.4 Application of parabolic isochrones 6.5 Limitations of one dimensional consolidation theory 6.6 Problems 6.7 References 7. Application of Limit Analysis to Stability Problems in Soil Mechanics 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Lower bound solution 7.3 Upper bound solution 7.4 Finite element formulation of the bound theorems 7.5 Limit equilibrium method and concluding remarks 7.6 Problems 7.7 References 8. Lateral Earth Pressure and Retaining Walls 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Earth pressure at-rest 8.3 Rankine's theory for active and passive soil pressures 8.4 Coulomb wedge analysis 8.5 Common types of retaining structures and factor of safety 8.6 Static analysis of cantilever and gravity retaining walls 8.7 Static analysis of sheet pile walls 8.8 Internally stabilized earth retaining wall 8.9 The overall stability of retaining structures 8.10 Problems 8.11 References 9. Stability of Earth Slopes 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Stability of slopes in cu, ? u = 0 Soil-circular failure surface 9.3 Stability of slopes in c', ? ' Soil - The method of slices 9.4 Stability of infinitely long earth slopes 9.5 Stability of reinforced and nailed earth slopes 9.6 General slope stability analysis 9.7 Application of the wedge method to unreinforced slopes 9.8 Concluding remarks 9.9 Problems 9.10 References 10. Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations and Piles 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Ultimate bearing capacity of shallow foundations 10.3 Field tests 10.4 Axial ultimate bearing capacity of piles 10.5 Pile groups 10.6 Problems 10.7 References

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415383936
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 468
  • ID: 9780415383936
  • weight: 794
  • ISBN10: 0415383935

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly