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Soils and Foundations / Edition 7

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Soils and Foundations / Edition 7

Some key features of the fifth edition include:

  • A new section on soil stabilization.
  • New application to current foundation design problems.
  • Fundamental principles of soil mechanics are presented with many worked-out examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132221382
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 05/09/2007
Series: Pearson Construction Technology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Formation of Natural Soil Deposits.
2. Engineering Properties of Soils.
3. Soil Exploration.
4. Soil Compaction and Stabilization.
5. Water in Soil.
6. Stress Distribution in Soil.
7. Consolidation of Soil and Settlement of Structures.
8. Shear Strength of Soil.
9. Shallow Foundations.
10. Pile Foundations.
11. Drilled Caissons.
12. Lateral Earth Pressure.
13. Retaining Structures.
14. Stability Analysis of Slopes.
Answers to Selected Problems.
Appendix: Conversion Factors.


We have attempted to prepare an introductory, practical textbook for soil mechanics and foundations, which emphasizes design and practical applications that are supported by basic theory. Written in a simple and direct style that should make it very easy to read and understand the subject matter, this book contains an abundance of both example problems within each chapter and work problems at the end of each chapter. In addition, there are ample diagrams, charts, and illustrations throughout to help better explain the subject matter. In summary, we have tried to extract the salient and essential aspects of soils and foundations and to present them in a simple and straightforward manner.

The preceding paragraph, slightly modified, began the preface of the first five editions of Soils and Foundations, and we think that it aptly relates our basic philosophy in preparing the sixth edition. We have, however, deleted some outdated material, updated material where applicable, and added new and essential material to the sixth edition. Most notably, we have revised significantly Chapter 11 on drilled shafts to reflect the latest design methods for them. We believe the result is a much stronger, more comprehensive, and therefore better book.

We urge students using this book to review each illustration as it is cited and to study each example problem very carefully. Believing that example problems are an extremely effective means of learning a subject such as soils and foundations, we have included an abundance of these problems, and we believe that they will be very useful in mastering the material in the book.

We want to express our sincere appreciationto Carlos G. Bell, formerly of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and to W. Kenneth Humphries, former Dean of Engineering at the University of South Carolina, who read our original manuscript and offered many helpful suggestions. Also, we would like to acknowledge the late Donald Steila of the Department of Geography and Earth Science at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who reviewed Chapter 1. We also thank Alan Stadler, formerly of the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, for reviewing the material on soil stabilization in Chapter 4. Finally, we thank the other reviewers of this edition for their helpful comments and suggestions: Robert Mokwa, Ph.D., Montana State University; Constantine A. Ciesielski, Ph.D., East Carolina University; and Wayne A. Charlie, Ph.D., P.E., Colorado State University.

We hope that you will enjoy using the book. We would be pleased to receive your comments, suggestions, and/or criticisms.

Cheng Liu
Jack B. Evett
Charlotte, North Carolina

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