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Foundation Design: Principles and Practices, 2/e

Donald P. Coduto, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Coming January, 2000 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 2000, 900 pp.
ISBN 0-13-589706-8

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For undergraduate/graduate-level foundation engineering courses. Unlike other undergraduate texts on this subject, this book explores both the principles of soil mechanics and their application to engineering practice emphasizing and explaining how and why foundations behave the way they do. It explains the theories and experimental data behind the design procedures, and how to apply this information to real-world problems.


NEW—Expanded coverage of earth retaining structures—Features separate full chapters on sheet pile walls; soldier pile walls; and internally stabilized earth retaining structures—e.g., MSE walls, reinforced earth, and other methods.
A chapter on LRFD design.
NEW—Reorganized chapters on deep foundations.

  • Provides more systematic coverage.
NEW—Revised coverage of laterally loaded deep foundations.
  • Provided more emphasis on p-y analyses.
NEW—Expanded discussions of dynamic methods of deep foundation analysis.
NEW—More emphasis on the difference between strength requirements and serviceability requirements.
NEW—Questions and practice problems—Interspersed throughout each chapter.
  • Gives students the opportunity to practice the material before going on with the rest of the chapter.
NEW—Revised accompanying software—Takes advantage of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
NEW—Coordinated coverage—With the text Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices.
A multidisciplinary approach— Integrates geotechnical, structural, and construction aspects of foundation engineering.
A strong presentation of basic principles and the underlying assumptions.
  • Helps students develop an understanding of why foundations behave as they do—not just cookbook formulas.
Practical solutions to real design problems.
Frequent references to uncertainties and reliability issues.
  • Helps students become familiar with the sources and approximate magnitude of error in analysis and design.
Coverage of both geotechnical and structural issues.
  • Helps students engaged in comprehensive design projects—especially in completing the foundation design aspects of such projects.
Carefully integrated use of computer software—Accompanying software (available on the Prentice Hall http site) has been developed specifically for educational purposes. It is easy to use and is integrated with the text and homework problems.
  • Once students have mastered the principles and can do the analysis by hand, the software helps them do homework more quickly and easily, and permits them to explore parametric studies that would be too cumbersome to do by hand.
Extensive use of example problems.
Questions and Practice Problems—Includes numerical problem solving, definitions, and short essay questions.
Comprehensive problems—At the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents
    1. Foundations in Civil Engineering.
    2. Performance Requirements.
    3. Soil Mechanics.
    4. Site Exploration and Characterization.

    5. Shallow Foundations.
    6. Bearing Capacity.
    7. Settlement.
    8. Spread Footings — Geotechnical Design.
    9. Spread Footings — Structural Design.
    10. Mats.
    11. Deep Foundations.
    12. Axial Load Capacity — Full-Scale Load Tests.
    13. Axial Load Capacity — Static Methods.
    14. Axial Load Capacity — Dynamic Methods.
    15. Lateral Load Capacity.
    16. Additional Geotechnical Concerns.
    17. Structural Design.
    18. Foundations on Weak and Compressible Soils.
    19. Foundations on Expansive Soils.
    20. Foundations on Collapsible Soils.
    21. LRFD Design.
    22. Earth Retaining Structures.
    23. Lateral Earth Pressures.
    24. Cantilever Retaining Walls.
    25. Sheet Pile Walls.
    26. Soldier Pile Walls.
    27. Internally Stabilized Earth Retaining Structures.


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