Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations: Basic Geotechnics, 5/e
David F. McCarthy, Mohawk Valley Community College
Published August, 1997 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 1998, 730 pp.
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Written by an experienced professor/practitioner, this popular introductory
book provides coverage on a broad range of state-of-the-art geotechnics
material accepted and used by today's engineering professionals. Easy
to understand and loaded with illustrative examples, it explores everything
from the most basic of concepts to the latest developments, giving
students a real-life working knowledge of soil mechanics and foundations.
Includes the philosophy and logic of soils and foundations in practical
terms to enhance understanding. It presents design charts, tables,
equations utilized by today's practitioners, and moreproviding
not just the nuts and bolts, but explicit instructions and applications
Establishes SI system of units as the precedent system
for the text.
Explains theories and concepts simply and succinctly,
and provides numerous illustrative and end-of-chapter problems to
Offers a wealth of practical information that can be
applied to real-life situations.
Examines hydrogeology, soil and groundwater contamination,
soil gases, and methods for field sampling (geoenvironmental to pccs).
Describes the use of geosynthetics in design and construction.
Provides readers with a basic understanding of the important
topic of earthquakes.
Updates material throughout, with fresh data and insights
on such core geotechnics topics as settlement, soil compression and
consolidation, soil classifications, foundation design criteria, foundation
walls, slope stability, retaining walls, earthquake items, and more.
NEWPresents nearly 500 end-of-chapter problemsdouble
the amount of the last edition.
I. BACKGROUND AND BASICS.
1. The Soil and Rock of Planet Earth: Geologic Overview.
2. Soil Composition: Terminology and Definitions.
3. Soil Types and Soil Structure.
4. Index Properties and Classification Tests, and Soil
5. Site Investigations: Purpose and Methods, Information
and Procedures Available.
II. ENGINEERING PROPERTIES AND BEHAVIOR OF SOIL DEPOSITS.
6. Movement of Water through Soil: Basic Hydrogeology,
Subsurface Flow, Permeability, Capillarity.
III. APPLICATION OF SOIL MECHANICS THEORIES.
7. Movement of Water through Soil: Practical Effects:
Seepage, Drainage, Frost Heave, Contamination.
8. Combined Stresses in Soil Masses: Stress at a Point
and Mohr's Circle.
9. Subsurface Stresses.
10. Settlement: Soil Compression, Volume Distortion,
11. Shear Strength Theory.
12. Foundations: Introductory Concepts.
13. Foundations: Design Considerations and Methods.
14. Earth Moving, Compaction, and Stabilization.
15. Stability of Unsupported Slopes.
16. Lateral Pressures and Retaining Structures.
Appendix A. Application of LaPlace Equation to Flow Nets.
Appendix B. Laboratory Procedure to Determine Coefficient of Consolidation.
Appendix C. Mathematical Development of the Bishop Equation for Slope Stability.
Answers to Selected Problems.