Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, An

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This updated book provides a descriptive, elementary introduction to geotechnical engineering--with applications to civil engineering practice. Focuses on the engineering classification, behavior, and properties of soils necessary for the design and construction of foundations and earth structures. Includes chapters on Geology, Landforms, and the Origin of Geomaterials. The Shear Strength Chapter is divided into basic and advanced topics. Updated to include many new useful engineering property correlations, as well as units on both SI and customary engineering. Covers an introduction to vibratory and dynamic compaction, the method of fragments, the Schmertmann procedure for determining field compressibility, secondary compresson, liquefaction, and an extensive use of the stress path method. Provides civil engineers with a descriptive introduction to geotechnical engineering.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Unique Nature of Soil and Rock as Engineering Materials
Scope of this Book
Historical Development of Geotechnical Engineering
Suggested Approach to the Study of Geotechnical Engineering
Notes on Symbols and Units
Index and Classification Properties of Soils and Rocks
Basic Definitions and Phase Relations
Solution of Phase Problems
Soil Texture
Grain Size and Grain Size Distribution
Particle Shape
Atterberg Limits and Consistency Indices
Introduction to Soil Classification
The Unified Soil Classification System (USCS)
The AASHTO Soil Classification System
Comparison of the USCS and AASHTO Classification Systems
Rock Classification
Geology, Landforms, and the Origin of Geo-Materials
Importance of Geology to Geotechnical Engineering
The Earth, Minerals, Rocks, and Rock Structure
Geological Processes and Landforms
Sources of Geologic Information
Products of Weathering, Clay Minerals, and Soil and Rock Structure
Products of Weathering
Clay Minerals
Identification of Clay Minerals
Specific Surface
Interaction Between Water and Clay Minerals
Interaction of Clay Particles
Soil Structure and Fabric
Cohesive Soil Fabrics
Granular Soil Fabrics
Soils in Nature
Rock Masses
Theory of Compaction—Cohesive Soils
Structure of Compacted Cohesive Soils
Field Compaction Equipment and Procedures
Compaction of Granular Soils
Field Compaction Control and Specifications
Estimated Performance of Compacted Soils
Water In Soils And Rocks I: Capillarity, Groundwater, Shrinkage, Swell, Collapse, Frost Action, and Effective Stress
Groundwater Table and the Vadose Zone
Shrinkage Phenomana in Soils
Swelling Phenomena in Soil
Engineering Significance of Shrinkage and Swelling
Collapsible Soils and Subsidence
Frost Action
Effective Stress
Total, Neutral, and Effective Stress Profiles
Relationship Between Horizontal and Vertical Stress
Water in Soils and Rock II: Permeability, Seepage, and Seepage Control
Dynamics of Fluid Flow
Darcy's Law for Flow Through Porous Media
Measurement of Permeability (Hydraulic Conductivity)
Heads and One-Dimensional Flow
Seepage Forces, Quicksand, and Liquefaction
Seepage and Flow Nets: Two-Dimensional Flow
Seepage Towards Wells
Seepage Through Dams and Embankments
The Method of Fragments
Control of Seepage; Filters
Geo-Environmental Considerations
Compressibility of Soil and Rock
Components of Settlement
Compressibility of Soils
The Oedometer and Consolidation Testing
Preconsolidation Pressure; Normal, Over- and Underconsolidation
Consolidation Behavior of Natural and Compacted Soils
Settlement Calculations
Tangent Modulus Method
Factors Affecting the Determination of ůs=p
Prediction of Field Compression Curves (Schmertmann)
Soil Profiles
Approximate Methods; Typical Values of Compression Indices
Compressibility of Rock and Transitional Materials
In Situ Determination of Compressibility
Time Rate of Consolidation Settlements
The Consolidation Process
Terzaghi's One-Dimensional Consolidation Theory
Determination of the Coefficient of Consolidation, c v
Determination of the Coefficient of Permeability
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