For courses in soils and foundations, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, and foundation engineering. Aimed at the beginning student, Soils and Foundations, Seventh Edition presents the salient and essential aspects of soils and foundations in a simple and straightforward manner. Offering an easy reading format, it is filled with examples that include step-by-step solutions. The number and quality of the end-of-chapter homework problems continues to be a major strength of the book. Now in its seventh edition, it includes new material on soil consistency, overconsolidated clay, degree of consolidation, vibroflotation and the settlement of sand.
New to the Edition
New! Discussion of the case for overconsolidated clay in the calculation of settlement of clay-due to primary consolidation.
∑ Gives students a complete knowledge of consolidated settlement of primary consolidation including both normally consolidated and overconsolidated clay.
New! More complete discussion of the term “degree of consolidation”-appears in this edition.
∑ Gives students an important concept for clearer understanding of the time effects of primary consolidation of clay.
New! Added to the section on settlement of sand, the strain influence method of Schmertmann-see Chapter 7.
∑ Gives students a more comprehensive knowledge of this widely used method of estimating settlement of foundations on sand.
New! A section on soil consistency and Atterberg limits has been added-see Chapter 2.
∑ Gives readers additional information about the engineering properties of soils.
∑ Introduces the term “liquidity index” so students have a concept of relating the natural water contend of fine-grained soils to the Atterberg limits to determine a soil's sensitivity potential.
New! A section on vibroflotation has been added-see Chapter 4.
∑ Discusses this more recent proprietary method of soil improvement in addition to more traditional soil compaction methods.
∑ Shows how to use this method to compact thick deposits of loose sand.
Aimed at the beginning student-and written to be easy to read and understand.
∑ Helps students who are encountering the subject for the first time and keeps them engaged in what can be very complex material.
Sample problems worked out in step-by-step detail-appear throughout.
∑ Contains an abundance of example problems that show students each step of the solution process.
Numerous work problems-appear at the end of each chapter.
∑ Gives instructors a variety of assignment material that reinforces chapter concepts.
∑ Gives students a chance to practice the concept and methodology for solving engineering problems discussed in the chapter.