Soil Mechanics: Calculations, Principles, and Methods provides expert insights into the nature of soil mechanics through the use of calculation and problem-solving techniques. This informed reference begins with basic principles and calculations, illustrating physical meanings of the unit weight of soil, specific gravity, water content, void ratio, porosity, saturation, and their typical values.
This is followed by calculations that illustrate the need for soil identification, classification, and ways to obtain soil particle size distribution, including sizes smaller than 0.075mm, performance, and the use of liquid and plastic limit tests. The book goes on to provide expert coverage regarding the use of soil identification and classification systems (both Unified Soil Classification System and AASHTO), and also includes applications concerning soil compaction and field applications, hydraulic conductivity and seepage, soil compressibility and field application, and shear strength and field application.
Prof. Kaliakin is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. His expertise is in the constitutive modelling of geomaterials and polymeric reinforcement, and in computational geomechanics. For the last 30 years he has performed research related to the simulation of time-dependent response of cohesive soils. Prof. Kaliakin is the author of Approximate Solution Techniques, Numerical Modeling and Finite Element Methods (Dekker, 2002), and has co-authored over 120 other publications. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Geosynthetics International.
Chapter 1. Example Problems Involving Phase Relations for Soils Chapter 2. Example Problems Related to Soil Identification and Classification Chapter 3. Example Problems Related to Compaction of Soils Chapter 4. Stresses, Strains, and Elastic Response of Soils Chapter 5. Example Problems Involving In Situ Stresses Under Hydrostatic Conditions Chapter 6. Example Problems Involving One-Dimensional Fluid Flow in Soils Chapter 7. Example Problems Involving Two-Dimensional Fluid Flow in Soils Chapter 8. Example Problems Related to Compressibility and Settlement of Soils Chapter 9. Example Problems Related to Time Rate of Consolidation Chapter 10. Example Problems Related to Shear Strength of Soils