One of the core roles of a practising geotechnical engineer is to analyse and design foundations. This textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students covers the analysis, design and construction of shallow and deep foundations and retaining structures as well as the stability analysis and mitigation of slopes. It progressively introduces critical state soil mechanics and plasticity theories such as plastic limit analysis and cavity expansion theories before leading into the theories of foundation, lateral earth pressure and slope stability analysis. On the engineering side, the book introduces construction and testing methods used in current practice. Throughout it emphasizes the connection between theory and practice. It prepares readers for the more sophisticated non-linear elastic-plastic analysis in foundation engineering which is commonly used in engineering practice, and serves too as a reference book for practising engineers.
A companion website provides a series of Excel spreadsheet programs to cover all examples included in the book, and PowerPoint lecture slides and a solutions manual for lecturers. Using Excel, the relationships between the input parameters and the design and analysis results can be seen. Numerical values of complex equations can be calculated quickly. non-linearity and optimization can be brought in more easily to employ functioned numerical methods. And sophisticated methods can be seen in practice, such as p-y curve for laterally loaded piles and flexible retaining structures, and methods of slices for slope stability analysis.
"The book puts particular emphasis on developing fundamental understanding of stress-strain-strength behavior of soils, and analytical skills related to engineering design of shallow foundations, retaining structures, braced excavations, deep foundations and slope stability analysis. With many illustrations and carefully designed examples, the book makes it particularly easy for readers to digest and consolidate these fundamental concepts, and be guided step by step through various analytical procedures."
-- Gang Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Soil behaviour and critical state soil mechanics. Limit analysis and cavity expansion methods. Subsurface exploration for foundation design. Shallow foundations: bearing capacity and settlement. Lateral earth pressure and retaining structures. Braced excavations. Static analysis and design of deep foundations. Construction and testing of deep foundations. Slope stability analysis.