Soil Mechanics: Concepts and Applications – William Powrie – 2nd Edition


The aim of this is to encourage to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of mechanics. It builds a robust and adaptable framework of ideas to support and accommodate the more complex problems and analytical procedures that confront the practising geotechnical engineer.

Mechanics: Concepts and Applicationscovers the soil mechanics and geotechnical topics typically included in university courses in civil engineering and related subjects. rather than mathematical arguments are used in the core sections wherever possible.

New features for the second edition include: an accompanying website containing the lecturers solutions manual; a revised chapter on soil and separating the basic and more advanced material to aid understanding; a major new section on shallow foundations subject to vertical, horizontal and moment loading; revisions to the material on retaining walls, foundations and to account for new research findings and bring it into line with the design philosophy espoused by EC7.

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Table of Contents

1 Origins and Classifications of Soils
2 Soil Strength
3 Groundwater, Permeability and Seepage
4 One-Dimensional Compression and consolidation
5 The Triaxial Test and Soil Behaviour
6 Calculation of Soil Settlements using Elasticity Methods
7 The Application of Plasticity and Limit Equilibrium Methods to Retaining Walls
8 Foundations and Slopes
9 Calculation of Bearing Capacity Factors and Earth Pressure Coefficients for More Difficult Cases
10 Particular Types of Earth
11 Modelling, in situ Testing and Ground Improvement

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