1st Edition

Handbook of Geotechnical Testing: Basic Theory, Procedures and Comparison of Standards

By Yanrong Li Copyright 2020
    504 Pages
    by CRC Press

    502 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Determination of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of ground materials is the key to successfully deliver such projects as slope stabilization, excavation and lateral support, foundation etc. A book containing both theory of geomaterial testing and up-to-date testing methods is much in demand for obtaining reliable and accurate test results. This book is intended primarily to serve this need and aims at the clear explanation, in adequate depth, of the fundamental principles, requirements and procedures of soil and rock tests. 

    It is intended that the book will serve as a useful source of reference for professionals in the field of geotechnical and geological engineering. It can work as a one-stop knowledge warehouse to build a basic cognition of material tests on which the readers are working. It helps college students bridge the gap between class education and engineering practice, and helps academic researchers guarantee reliable and accurate test results. It is also useful for training new technicians and providing a refresher for veterans. Engineers contemplating the ICE, IOM3 and other certification exams will find this book an essential test preparation aid. It is assumed that the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject but has a good understanding of basic mechanics.

    PART I - Theory of geotechnical testing

    1 Characteristics of soils
    1.1 Basic properties and engineering classification
    1.2 Stress in soil
    1.3 Compressibility and consolidation
    1.4 Strength of soils

    2 Characteristics of rocks
    2.1 Physical properties
    2.2 Deformability of rocks
    2.3 Rock strengths
    2.4 Theory of rock strength

    3 Characteristics of rock mass
    3.1 Discontinuities in rock mass
    3.2 Description of rock mass
    3.3 Engineering classification of rock mass
    3.4 Strength theory of rock mass

    PART 2 - Test methods for soils and rocks

    4 International standard systems
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 International standards

    5 Test preparation
    5.1 Application scopes and parameters to be measured
    5.2 Apparatus and reagent

    6 Procedures of tests on soils
    6.1 Specimen preparation
    6.2 Tests for physical properties
    6.3 Tests for mechanical properties
    6.4 Tests for chemical properties

    7 Procedures of tests on rocks
    7.1 Requirements of specimen
    7.2 Description of specimens
    7.3 Physical tests
    7.4 Mechanical tests

    8 Data analysis and documentation of geotechnical testing
    8.1 Physical tests on soils
    8.2 Mechanical tests on soils
    8.3 Chemical tests on soils
    8.4 Physical tests on rocks
    8.5 Mechanical tests on rocks

    PART 3 - Comparison of test standards

    9 Comparison of test methods for soil
    9.1 Chemical tests
    9.2 Physical tests
    9.3 Mechanical tests

    10 Comparison of rock tests
    10.1 Physical tests on rocks
    10.2 Mechanical tests on rocks

    PART 4 - Appendices

    Appendix I Reference value of basic parameters of soil
    1.1 Engineering classification of soils
    1.2 The state division of soil
    1.3 Physical and mechanical parameters of soil
    1.4 Chemical parameters of soil

    Appendix II Reference value of basic parameters of rock
    2.1 Engineering classification of rock
    2.2 Physical and mechanical parameters of rock
    2.3 Dynamic parameter

    Appendix III Basic geotechnical engineering terms
    3.1 Physical index
    3.2 Mechanical index
    3.3 Thermal index
    3.4 Chemical index

    Appendix IV Common physical quantities and unit conversion for geotechnical testing


    Prof. Dr. Yanrong Li was born in 1978 in Shanxi Province, China. He received a BEng in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from Taiyuan University of Technology in 2000, a MSc in Geological Engineering from Chengdu University of Technology in 2003, and a PhD degree in Engineering Geology from The University of Hong Kong in 2009. He is now a full professor of Engineering Geology at the Taiyuan University of Technology. He is a funding Director of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Geohazard Process and Prevention at the university. He worked for ten years as a practising engineer and field geologist in Hong Kong, Australia and China before becoming a professor. He served as an Associate Editor of KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering from 2012 to 2014 and now serves as an Editorial Board Member of Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment. He is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) of Geological Society of London, and a Professional Member (MIMMM) of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. His research interests include loess geology and surface processes, engineering properties of soils and rocks, and geohazard investigation and mitigation. Prof. Li welcomes discussions on the contents of this book and diverse collaboration with experts of similar interests.