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Geotechnical Engineering Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering by V. N. S. Murthy.
PREFACE This Geotechnical Engineering book has the following objectives:
1. To explain the fundamentals of the subject from theory to practice in a logical way
2. To be comprehensive and meet the requirements of undergraduate students
3. To serve as a foundation course for graduate students pursuing advanced knowledge in the subject
There are 21 chapters in this Geotechnical Engineering book. The first chapter trace s the historical background of the subject and the second deals with the formation and mineralogical composition of soils.
Chapter 3 covers the index properties and classification of soil. Chapters 4 and 5 explain soil permeability , seepage, and the effect of water on stress conditions in soil .
Stresses developed in soil due to imposed surface loads , compressibility and consolidation characteristics , and shear strength characteristics of soil are deal t wit h in Chapters 6,7 , and 8 respectively.
The first eight chapters develop the necessary tools for computing compressibility and strength characteristics of soils.
Chapter 9 deals with methods for obtaining soil samples in the field for laboratory tests and for determining soil parameter s directly by use of field tests.
Chapter s 1 0 to 2 0 deal wit h stability problems pertaining to earth embankments, retaining walls, and foundations. Chapter 2 1 explains the various methods by which soil in situcanbe improved. Many geotechnical engineers have not appreciated the importance of this subject .
No amount of sophistication in the development of theories will help the designers if the soil parameters use d in the theory are not properly evaluated to simulate field conditions. Professors who teach this subject should stress this topic .
The chapters in this Geotechnical Engineering book are arranged in a logical way for the development of the subject matter. There is a smooth transition from on e chapter to the next and the continuity of the material is maintained.
Each chapter starts with an introduction to the subject matter, develops the theory, and explain s it s application to practical problems .
Sufficient examples are worred out to help students understand the significance of the theories. Man y homework problem s are give n a t the end of each chapter .
The subject matter deal with in each chapter is restricted to the requirement s of undergraduate students. Half-baked theories and unconfirmed test results are not developed in this Geotechnical Engineering book. Chapter s are up-to-date as per engineering standards .
Th e information provide d in Chapter 1 7 on drilled pier foundations is the latest available at the time of this writing. The design of mechanically y stabilized earth retaining walls is also current.
A new method for predicting the nonlinear behavior of laterally loaded vertical and batter piles is described in Chapter 16.
The Geotechnical Engineering book is comprehensive , rational, and pertinent to the requirements of undergraduate students. It serves as a foundation course for graduate students, and is useful as a reference Geotechnical Engineering book for designers and contractors in the field of geotechnical engineering.
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