Innovative in perspective, this text offers a modern approach to
basic experimental techniques for the determination of soil
properties. It contains more than twenty hands-on laboratory
experiments. Spreadsheet programs are included for data processing and graphical results.
Focuses on the experimental techniques of soil
mechanics -- and the basic principles underlying the techniques.
Considers recent developments in experimental
techniques as well as standard testing procedures. Contains a progressive series of twenty-two
experiments. Provides for each:
Experimental procedures (illustrated with photos and
Review questions and exercises.
Modernizes the processing of experimental data with
spreadsheets on personal computers.
Includes a floppy disk (Microsoft Excel for
Windows and MAC platforms) with examples of processed
experimental data sets.
Offers several unprocessed data sets (in exercises) of
Gives typical values of soil properties and empirical
correlations to compare with classroom or laboratory results.
Provides suggestions for preparing organized laboratory
1. Grain Size Distribution.
2. Plasticity, Shrinkage, and Soil Classification.
3. Density and Compaction.
4. Permeability and Seepage.
5. Stress-Strain-Strength Properties.
7. Shear Strength.
8. Elements of Experimental Techniques.
9. Data Processing with Spreadsheets.
Appendix: Conversion factors.