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Overview

A comprehensive guide to the most useful geotechnical laboratory measurements  

Cost effective, high quality testing of geo-materials is possible if you understand the important factors and work with nature wisely. Geotechnical Laboratory Measurements for Engineers guides geotechnical engineers and students in conducting efficient testing without sacrificing the quality of results. 

Useful as both a lab manual for students and as a reference for the practicing geotechnical engineer, the book covers thirty of the most common soil tests, referencing the ASTM standard procedures while helping readers understand what the test is analyzing and how to interpret the results.

Features include:

  • Explanations of both the underlying theory of the tests and the standard testing procedures
  • The most commonly-taught laboratory testing methods, plus additional advanced tests
  • Unique discussions of electronic transducers and computer controlled tests not commonly covered in similar texts
  • A support website at www.wiley.com/college/germaine  with blank data sheets you can use in recording the results of your tests  as well as Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets containing raw data sets supporting the experiments
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"Not since Lambe's book [2]on SoilTesting for Engineers, published in 1951, has a soil mechanics laboratory testing book come along with as comprehensive content and authoritative explanations as the present text. In fact, this book is more comprehensive than Lambe's book and it is difficult to imagine how a better and more informative book could be produced. The book has all the pertinent information gathered in one location, and it will serve as the authoritative reference soil mechanics laboratory manual for a long time to come. It may very well last beyond the next 60 years. For just about any price this is an excellent book, but for $90 this is a steal." (Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470150931
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,186,840
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Germaine, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with over twenty-five years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level materials and geotechnical laboratory courses, as well as supervising research at the master's degree and PhD degree levels. John performs experimental research to investigate various aspects of soil behavior for projects sponsored by private and governmental organizations, conducts independent consulting, some of which concerns technology transfer and interpretation of material behavior, and has extensive experience in testing automation and optimization. Dr. Germaine is a Fellow of ASTM International and has served since 1985 in technical and administrative roles within ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, including membership in the management team for the ASTM Reference Soils and Testing Program.

Amy V. Germaine, PE, is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Fugro Consultants, Inc., consulting with their expansive geotechnical laboratory in Houston, Texas, on quality, technical, and interpretive matters. She has over ten years of work experience with a focus on the measurement and interpretation of geotechnical properties. Ms. Germaine has been involved with ASTM International Committee D18 for over ten years, during which time she has served as chairman of subcommittee D18.05, Strength and Compressibility of Soils, and as secretary for several other subcommittees.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.

PART I

Chapter 1 Background Information for Part I.

Scope.

Laboratory Safety.

Terminology.

Standardization.

Evaluation of Test Methods.

Precision and Bias Statements.

Laboratory Accreditation.

Proficiency Testing.

Technician Certification.

Unit Convention.

Significant Digits.

Test Specification.

Sampling.

Processing Bulk Material.

Test Documentation.

Spreadsheets.

Reporting Test Results.

Typical Values.

Further Reading and Other References.

References.

Chapter 2 Phase Relationships.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 3 Specific Gravity.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 4 Maximum Density, Minimum Density.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 5 Calcite Equivalent.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 6 pH and Salinity.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 7 Organic Content.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 8 Grain Size Analysis.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 9 Atterberg Limits.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 10 Soil Classification and Description.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

PART II

Chapter 11 Background Information for Part II.

Scope and Summary.

Intact Sampling.

Processing Intact Samples.

Reconstituting Samples.

Transducers.

Data Collection and Processing.

References.

Chapter 12 Compaction Test Using Standard Effort.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 13 Hydraulic Conductivity: Cohesionless Materials.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 14 Direct Shear.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 15 Strength Index of Cohesive Materials.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 16 Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Compression.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

Chapter 17 Incremental Consolidation By Oedometer.

Scope and Summary.

Typical Materials.

Background.

Typical Values.

Calibration.

Specimen Preparation.

Procedure.

Precision.

Detecting Problems with Results.

Reference Procedures.

References.

APPENDICES.

Appendix A Constants And Unit Conversions.

Appendix B Physical Properties Of Pure Water.

Appendix C Calculation Adjustments For Salt.

INDEX.

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