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The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations

2nd Edition

By John Atkinson

CRC Press

448 pages

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Ideal for undergraduates of geotechnical engineering for civil engineers, this established textbook sets out the basic theories of soil mechanics in a clear and straightforward way; combining both classical and critical state theories and giving students a good grounding in the subject which will last right through into a career as a geotechnical engineer.

The subject is broken down into discrete topics which are presented in a series of short, focused chapters with clear and accessible text that develops from the purely theoretical to discussing practical applications. Soil behaviour is described by relatively simple equations with clear parameters while a number of worked examples and simple experimental demonstrations are included to illustrate the principles involved and aid reader understanding.


"Possibly the best text book for supporting an introductory course on soil mechanics, and one which is uniquely leavened by reference to everyday observations."

- David White, Géotechnique

Table of Contents

Simple Experiments 1. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 2. Basic Mechanics 3. Material Behaviour 4. Structure of the Earth 5. Classification 6. Pore Pressure, Effective Stress, Drainage 7. Laboratory Testing 8. Compression and Swelling 9. Critical State Strength 10. Peak States 11. Behaviour before Failure 12. Cam Clay 13. Stiffness 14. Steady State Seepage 15. Consolidation 16. Natural Soils 17. Ground Investigations 18. Soil Parameters for Design 19. Ultimate Stability of Soil Structures Using Bound Methods 20. Limit Equilibrium Method 21. Slope Stability 22. Bearing Capacity and Settlement of Shallow Foundations 23. Piled Foundations 24. Earth Pressure and Stability of Retaining Walls 25. Tunnelling in Soft Ground 26. Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils 27. Centrifuge Modeling 28. Concluding Remarks

About the Author

John Atkinson is Professor of Soil Mechanics at City University, London. He has taught geotechnical engineering to undergraduates and postgraduates for over 30 years. He is expert in soil behaviour and laboratory testing of soils and he was the Rankine Lecturer in 2000. He has advised industry in many areas of geotechnical engineering and he is currently Visiting Senior Principal with Coffey Geotechnics.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)