Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils / Edition 1

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The principles and concepts for unsaturated soils are developed as extensions of saturated soils. Addresses problems where soils have a matric suction or where pore-water pressure is negative. Covers theory, measurement and use of the fundamental properties of unsaturated soils—permeability, shear strength and volume change. Includes a significant amount of case studies.

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“I expect that “Unsaturated Soil Mechanics inEngineering Practice” will remain an essential reference foreducators, researchers and practitioners for a long time tocome.”  (Geotechnical News, 1 December 2012)
A textbook addressing the subject of soil mechanics as it relates to the behavior of unsaturated soils, or, more specifically, addressing that class of problems where the soils have a matric suction or where the pore-water pressure is negative. The text starts by introducing the breadth of unsaturated soil mechanics problems. It then presents material related to the volume-mass properties, stress state variables, flow behavior, and pore pressure parameters for unsaturated soils. It then goes on to present material on the shear strength and volume change behavior of unsaturated soils. The latter part of the text concludes with material on the transient processes of interest to geotechnical engineering. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471850083
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Phase Properties and Relations.

Stress State Variables.

Measurements of Soil Suction.

Flow Laws.

Measurement of Permeability.

Steady-State Flow.

Pore Pressure Parameters.

Shear Strength Theory.

Measurement of Shear Strength Parameters.

Plastic and Limit Equilibrium.

Volume Change Theory.

Measurements of Volume Change Indices.

Volume Change Predictions.

One-Dimensional Consolidation and Swelling.

Two- and Three-Dimensional Unsteady-State Flow and NonisothermalAnalyses.




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