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Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

A Practical Problem Solving Approach
By Nagaratnam Sivakugan and Braja M. Das
Softcover, 7.5 x 9.25 w/DVD, 520 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-016-7
January 2010
A Title in J. Ross Publishing's Eureka Series

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Geotechnical Engineering: A Practical Problem Solving Approach covers all of the major geotechnical topics in the simplest possible way adopting a hands-on approach with a very strong practical bias. You will learn the material through several worked examples that are representative of realistic field situations whereby geotechnical engineering principles are applied to solve real-life problems. There are a few carefully selected review exercises at the end of each chapter with answers given whenever possible. Also included are closed-book quizzes that should be completed within the specified times and will make you think and point you to what you have missed.


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The books in the J. Ross Publishing Eureka Series are engineering textbooks for a new generation. Engineers are problem solvers. Developing problem-solving skills is one of the key learning outcomes expected of engineering students and the Eureka Series of books provides just that. 60-70% of each book is devoted to practical problem solving with 30-40% covers fundamental concepts. Similar to problem-based learning, the subject material is integrated with extensive worked examples, quizzes and review exercises. The writing style is lean and simple while not compromising on the breadth or depth of the subject matter.
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Key Features
  • Offers carefully selected solved problems with a wide range of difficulty levels — from simple to challenging
  • Presents the material in the most concise explanation possible, but adequate enough to solve the problems
  • Demonstrates theory through practical problem solving and with less reliance on mathematics
  • Includes a DVD of the Student Edition of GeoStudio that can be used for solving a wide range of geotechnical problems
  • Offers considerable coverage of foundation engineering - bearing capacity and settlements of shallow and deep foundations
  • WAV offers downloadable PowerPoint slides to assist in classroom instruction and references — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
  • About the Author(s)
    Dr. Nagaratnam Sivakugan is Associate Professor and Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University, Australia. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with First Class Honors, and received his MSCE and Ph.D. from Purdue University. As a Chartered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, he does substantial consulting work for geotechnical and mining companies throughout Australia and internationally. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Dr. Sivakugan has published more than 50 scientific and technical papers in refereed international journals, and 50 more in refereed international conference proceedings.

    Dr. Braja M. Das, Professor and Dean Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, is presently a Geotechnical Consulting Engineer in the State of Nevada. He earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered professional engineer. He is the author of geotechnical engineering texts and reference books including Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, Principles of Foundation Engineering, Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering, and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Das has served on the editorial boards of several international journals and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. He has authored more than 250 technical papers in the area of geotechnical engineering.
    Table of Contents
    Preface 
    Chapter 1 Introduction
    1.1 General
    1.2 Soils
    1.3 Applications
    1.4 Soil Testing
    1.5 Geotechnical Literature
    1.6 Numerical Modeling
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2 Phase Relations
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Definitions
    2.3 Phase Relations
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 3 Soil Classification
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Coarse Grained Soils
    3.2.1 Grain Size Distribution
    3.2.2 Relative Density
    3.2.3 Grain Shape
    3.3 Fine Grained Soils
    3.3.1 Clay Mineralogy
    3.3.2 Atterberg Limits
    3.4 Soil Classification
    3.4.1 Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) 
    3.4.2 AASHTO Soil Classification System
    3.4.3 Visual Identification and Classification of Soils
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 2: Phase Relations and Soil Classification
    Chapter 4 Compaction
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Variables in Compaction
    4.3 Laboratory Tests
    4.3.1 Zero Air Void Curve
    4.4 Field Compaction, Specification and Control
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 5 Effective Stress, Total Stress and Pore Water Pressure
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Effective Stress Principle
    5.3 Vertical Normal Stresses Due To Overburden
    5.4 Capillary Effects in Soils
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 6 Permeability and Seepage
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Bernoulli's Equation
    6.3 Darcy's Law
    6.4 Laboratory and Field Permeability Tests
    6.4.1 Constant Head Permeability Test
    6.4.2 Falling Head Permeability Test
    6.5 Stresses in Soils Due To Flow
    6.6 Seepage
    6.6.1 Piping in Granular Soils
    6.6.2 Flow Net Construction
    6.6.3 Flow Net in Anisotropic Soils
    6.7 Design of Granular Filters
    6.8 Equivalent Permeabilities for One-Dimensional Flow 
    6.8.1 Horizontal Flow 
    6.8.2 Vertical Flow 
    6.9 Seepage Analysis Using Seep/W
    6.9.1 Getting Started With Seep/W
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 3: Compaction, Effective Stresses and Permeability
    Chapter 7 Vertical Stresses Beneath Loaded Areas
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Stresses Due To Point Loads
    7.3 Stresses Due To Line Loads
    7.4 Stresses under the Corner of a Uniform Rectangular Load
    7.5 2:1 Distribution Method
    7.6 Pressure Isobars under Flexible Uniform Loads
    7.7 Newmark's Chart
    7.8 Stress Computations Using Sigma/W
    7.8.1 Getting Started With Sigma/W
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 8 Consolidation
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 One Dimensional Consolidation
    8.2.1 Δ E - Δ H Relation
    8.2.2 Coefficient of Volume Compressibility (Mv) 
    8.3 Consolidation Test
    8.3.1 Field Corrections to the E versus Log σ V' Plot
    8.4 Computation of Final Consolidation Settlement
    8.5 Time Rate of Consolidation
    8.5.1 Degree of Consolidation
    8.5.2 Laboratory Determination of Cv
    8.6 Secondary Compression
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 4. Consolidation
    Chapter 9 Shear Strength
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Mohr Circles
    9.3 Mohr-Coulomb Failure Criterion
    9.4 A Common Loading Situation
    9.5 Mohr Circles and Failure Envelopes in Terms Of σ and σ'
    9.6 Drained and Undrained Loading Situations
    9.7 Triaxial Test
    9.7.1 Consolidated Drained (CD) Triaxial Test
    9.7.2 Consolidated Undrained (CU) Triaxial Test
    9.7.3 Unconsolidated Undrained (UU) Triaxial Test
    9.7.4 Unconfined Compression Test
    9.8 Direct Shear Test
    9.9 Skempton's Pore Pressure Parameters
    9.10 σ 1 - σ 3 Relationship at Failure
    9.11 Stress Paths
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 5. Shear Strength
    Chapter 10 Lateral Earth Pressures
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 At-Rest State
    10.3 Rankine's Earth Pressure Theory
    10.3.1 Active State
    10.3.2 Passive State
    10.3.3 Lateral Pressure Distributions in Active and Passive States
    10.3.4 Inclined Granular Backfills
    10.3.5 Effect of Uniform Surcharge
    10.4 Coulomb's Earth Pressure Theory
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 11 Site Investigation
    11.1 Introduction
    11.2 Drilling and Sampling
    11.2.1 Drilling
    11.2.2 Sampling
    11.2.3 Locating Water Table
    11.3 In Situ Tests
    11.3.1 Standard Penetration Test
    11.3.2 Static Cone Penetration Test
    11.3.3 Vane Shear Test
    11.3.4 Pressuremeter Test
    11.3.5 Dilatometer Test
    11.3.6 Borehole Shear Test
    11.3.7 K0 Stepped Blade Test
    11.3.8 Plate Load Test
    11.4 Laboratory Tests
    11.5 Site Investigation Report
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 6. Site Investigation
    Chapter 12 Shallow Foundations 
    12.1 Introduction
    12.2 Design Criteria
    12.3 Bearing Capacity of a Shallow Foundation
    12.3.1 Presumptive Bearing Pressures
    12.3.2 Terzagi's Bearing Capacity Equation
    12.3.3 Meyerhof's Bearing Capacity Equation
    12.3.4 Gross and Net Pressures and Bearing Capacities
    12.3.5 Effects of Water Table
    12.4 Pressure Distributions beneath Eccentrically Loaded Footings
    12.5 Introduction to Design of Raft Foundations
    12.5.1 Rigid Method
    12.5.2 Flexible Method
    12.6 Settlement in a Granular Soil
    12.6.1 Terzaghi and Peck (1967) Method
    12.6.2 Schmertmann Et Al. (1970, 1978) Method
    12.6.3 Burland and Burbidge (1985) Method
    12.6.4 Accuracy and Reliability of the Settlement Estimates and Allowable Pressures
    12.6.5 Probabilistic Approach
    12.7 Settlement in a Cohesive Soil
    12.7.1 Immediate Settlements
    12.7.2 Consolidation Settlements
    12.7.3 Secondary Compression Settlements
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 7. Shallow Foundations
    Chapter 13 Deep Foundations
    13.1 Introduction
    13.2 Pile Materials
    13.2.1 Timber Piles
    13.2.2 Concrete Piles
    13.2.3 Steel Piles
    13.2.4 Composite Piles
    13.3 Pile Installation
    13.4 Load Carrying Capacity of a Pile — Static Analysis
    13.4.1 Ultimate Bearing Capacity at the Tip (Qult) 
    13.4.2 Ultimate Shear Resistance along the Shaft (Fs) 
    13.4.3 Negative Skin Friction
    13.5 Pile Driving Formulae
    13.6 Pile Load Test
    13.7 Settlement of a Pile
    13.7.1 Poulos and Davis Method
    13.7.2 Vesic Method
    13.8 Pile Group
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Quiz 8. Pile Foundations
    Chapter 14 Earth Retaining Structures
    14.1 Introduction
    14.2 Design of Retaining Walls
    14.3 Cantilever Sheet Piles
    14.3.1 In Granular Soils
    14.3.2 In Cohesive Soils
    14.4 Anchored Sheet Piles
    14.4.1 Free Earth Support Method
    14.4.2 Deadman Anchor — A Simplified Approach
    14.5 Braced Excavations
    14.5.1 Bottom Heave in Soft Clays
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 15 Slope Stability
    15.1 Introduction
    15.2 Slope Failure and Safety Factor
    15.3 Stability of Homogeneous Undrained Slopes
    15.3.1 Taylor's Stability Chart for Undrained Clays (Φ U = 0)
    15.4 Taylor's Stability Charts for C' - Φ Soils
    15.5 Infinite Slopes
    15.6 Method of Slices
    15.6.2 Ordinary Method of Slices
    15.6.3 Bishop's Simplified Method of Slices
    15.7 Stability Analysis Using Slope/W
    15.7.1 Getting Started With Slope/W
    Worked Examples
    Review Exercises
    Chapter 16 Vibrations of Foundations
    16.1 Introduction
    16.2 Vibration Theory - General
    16.2.1 Free Vibration of a Spring-Mass System
    16.2.2 Free Vibration with Viscous Damping
    16.2.3 Steady-State Forced Vibration with Damping
    16.2.4 Rotating Mass Type Excitation
    16.3 Shear Modulus and Poisson's Ratio
    16.3.1 Shear Modulus G for Sand
    16.3.2 Shear Modulus G for Clay
    16.4 Vertical Vibration of Foundations - Analog Solution 
    16.4.1 Constant Force Excitation
    16.4.2 Rotating Mass Excitation
    16.5 Rocking Vibration of Foundation
    16.5.1 Constant Force Excitation
    16.5.2 Rotating Mass Excitation
    16.6 Sliding Vibration of Foundations
    16.7 Torsional Vibration of Foundations
    Review Exercises
    References available as WAV material at www.jrosspub.com
    Index
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