1st Edition

Problem Solving in Soil Mechanics

By A. Aysen Copyright 2005

    Written for university students taking first-degree courses in civil engineering, environmental and agricultural engineering, Problem Solving in Soil Mechanics stimulates problem-solving learning as well as facilitating self-teaching. Generally assuming prior knowledge of subject, necessary basic information is included to make it accessible to readers new to the topic. 

    Filled with worked examples, new and advanced topics and with a flexible structure that means it can be adapted for use in second, third and fourth year undergraduate courses in soil mechanics, this book is also a valuable resource for the practising professional engineer as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

    Primarily designed as a supplement to Soil Mechanics: Basic Concepts and Engineering Applications, this book can be used by students as an independent problem-solving text, since there are no specific references to any equations or figures in the main book.

    1. Nature of Soils, Plasticity and Compaction  2. Effective Stress and Pore Pressure in Saturated Soils  3. The Movement of Water through Soil  4. Shear Strength of Soils and Failure Criteria  5. Stress Distribution and Settlement in Soils  6. One Dimensional Consolidation  7. Application of Limit Analysis to Stability Problems in Soil Mechanics  8. Lateral Earth Pressure and Retaining Walls  9. Stability of Earth Slopes  10. Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations and Piles


    Dr. A. Aysen is a graduate of London University. His research interests include: the design of true two-dimensional plane strain and large shear box apparatus, numerical applications of limit analysis and soil stabilisation methods. In the past 15 years he has been involved in research and teaching of the geotechnical engineering subjects in the universities of Newcastle and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia.