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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.
Cloth
ISBN 0-13-506932-7


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Summary

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 more—providing not just the nuts and bolts, but explicit instructions and applications as well.

Features


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 reinforce learning.
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 problems—double the amount of the last edition.


Table of Contents
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 Classification Systems.
    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.
    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, Consolidation.
    11. Shear Strength Theory.
III. APPLICATION OF SOIL MECHANICS THEORIES.
    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.
    Glossary.
    Bibliography.
    Answers to Selected Problems.
    Index.


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