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Fundamentals of soil mechanics for sedimentary and residual soils.


Fundamentals of soil mechanics for sedimentary and residual soils.

Wesley, Laurence D.

John Wiley & Sons


431 pages




Wesley (geotechnical engineering, U. of Auckland, New Zealand) has worked as a practicing engineer for 30-plus years on projects in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bahrain. Designed for practitioners and students in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and geology, his text is the first to provide an equal and integrated coverage of sedimentary and residual soils and their unique engineering properties. Topics addressed include basic concepts of soil formation and composition; basic definitions and phase relationships; basic index tests, soil classification, and description; stress and pore pressure state in the ground; stresses in the ground from applied loads; effective stress; permeability and seepage; compressibility, consolidation, and settlement; shear strength; site investigation, field testing, and parameter correlations; stability and failure mechanisms; bearing capacity and foundation design; earth pressure and retaining walls; slope stability; soil compaction; and special soil types.

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