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2nd Edition

The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations

ISBN 9780415362566
Published June 22, 2007 by CRC Press
480 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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