1st Edition

Problem Solving in Soil Mechanics

By A. Aysen Copyright 2003
    192 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Although primarily designed as a supplement to Soil Mechanics: Basic Concepts and Engineering Applications, this book can be used as anindependent problem solving text, since there is no specific reference to any equation or figure in the main book and contains problems and fully-worked solutions. Written for university students taking first-degree courses in civil engineering, environmental and agricultural engineering, its main aim is to simulate problem solving learning as well as facilitating self-teaching. The special structure of the book makes it possible to be used in two, three and four year undergraduate courses in soil mechanics. As it includes new and advanced topics tis work book will also be a valuable resource for the practising professional engineer. Although readers are assumed to have prior knowledge in soil mechanics; necessary basic information is included in each worked example.

    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.