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Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 1/e

Robert D. Holtz, University of Washington
William D. Kovacs, University of Rhode Island

Published February, 1981 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1981, 733 pp.
ISBN 0-13-484394-0

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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.
introduces vibratory and dynamic compaction, the method of fragments, the Schmertmann procedure for determining field compressibility, secondary compression, liquefaction, and an extensive use of the stress path method.

Table of Contents

    Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering.
    Index and Classification Properties of Soils.
    1. Soil Classification.
    2. Clay Minerals and Soil Structure.
    3. Compaction.
    4. Water in Soils I: Capillarity, Shrinkage, Swelling, and Frost Action.
    5. Water in Soils II: Permeability, Seepage, and Effective Stress.
    6. Consolidation and Consolidation Settlements.
    7. Time Rate of Consolidation.
    8. Mohr Circle, Failure Theories, and Stress Paths.
    9. Shear Strength of Sands and Clays.
    Appendix A: Application of the SI System of Units to Geotechnical Engineering.
    Appendix B-1: Derivations of Laplace's Equations.
    Appendix B-2: Derivation and Solution of Terzaghi's One-Dimensional Consolidation Theory.
    Appendix B-3: Pore Pressure Parameters.


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