Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering – Braja M. Das – 2nd Edition


This book combines the essential components of Braja Das’ market leading texts, PRINCIPLES OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING and PRINCIPLES OF FOUNDATION ENGINEERING. It includes the fundamental concepts of soil mechanics as well as foundation engineering, including bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations (spread footings and mats), retaining walls, raced cuts, piles, and drilled shafts.

Intended as an introductory text, the book stresses the fundamental principles without becoming cluttered with excessive details and alternatives. While featuring a wealth of worked-out examples and figures that help students with theory and problem-solving skills, Das maintains the careful balance of current research and practical field applications that has made has made his books the leaders in the fields.

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  • CHAPTER 1 - Geotechnical Engineering - A Historical Perspective
    1.1 Geotechnical Engineering Prior to the 18th Century
    1.2 Pre-Classical Period of Soil Mechanics (1700-1776)
    1.3 Classical Soil Mechanics-Phase I (1776-1856)
    1.4 Classical Soil Mechanics-Phase II (1856-1910)
    1.5 Modern Soil Mechanics 1.6 Geotechnical Engineering After 1927 References

    CHAPTER 2 - Soil Deposits and Grain-Size Analysis
    2.1 Natural Soil Deposits
    2.2 Soil-Particle Size
    2.3 Clay Minerals
    2.4 Specific Gravity
    2.5 Mechanical Analysis of Soil
    2.6 Effective Size, Uniformity Coefficient, and Coefficient of Gradation Problems References

    CHAPTER 3 - Weight-Volume Relationships, Plasticity, and Soil Classification
    3.1 Weight-Volume Relationships
    3.2 Relationships Among Unit Weight, Void Ratio, Moisture Content, and Specific Gravity
    3.3 Relationships Among Unit Weight, Porosity, and Moisture Content
    3.4 Various Unit Weight Relationships
    3.5 Relative Density
    3.6 Consistency of Soil
    3.7 Activity
    3.8 Liquidity Index
    3.9 Plasticity Chart
    3.10 Soil Classification Problems References

    CHAPTER 4 - Soil Compaction
    4.1 Compaction-General Principles
    4.2 Standard Proctor Test
    4.3 Factors Affecting Compaction
    4.4 Modified Proctor Test
    4.5 Correction for Compaction of Soil with Oversized Particles
    4.6 Field Compaction
    4.7 Specifications for Field Compaction
    4.8 Determination of Field Unit Weight After Compaction
    4.9 Special Compaction Techniques
    4.10 Effect of Compaction on Cohesive Soil Properties Problems References

    CHAPTER 5 - Hydraulic Conductivity and Seepage
    5.1 Bernoulli's Equation
    5.2 Darcy's Law
    5.3 Hydraulic Conductivity
    5.4 Laboratory Determination of Hydraulic Conductivity
    5.5 Empirical Relations for Hydraulic Conductivity
    5.6 Equivalent Hydraulic Conductivity of Stratified Soil
    5.7 Permeability Test in the Field by Pumping from Wells
    5.8 Laplace's Equation of Continuity
    5.9 Flow Nets Problems References

    CHAPTER 6 - Stresses in a Soil Mass
    6.1 Stresses in Saturated Soil without Seepage
    6.2 Stresses in Saturated Soil with Seepage
    6.3 Effective Stress in Partially Saturated Soil
    6.4 Seepage Force
    6.5 Heaving in Soil Due to Flow Around Sheet Piles
    6.6 Stress Caused by a Point Load
    6.7 Vertical Stress Caused by a Line Load
    6.8 Vertical Stress Caused by a Strip Load (Finite Width and Infinite Length)
    6.9 Vertical Stress Below the Center of a Uniformly Loaded Circular Area
    6.10 Vertical Stress Caused by a Rectangularly Loaded Area Problems References

    CHAPTER 7 - Consolidation
    7.1 Fundamentals of Consolidation
    7.2 One-Dimensional Laboratory Consolidation Test
    7.3 Void Ratio-Pressure Plots
    7.4 Normally Consolidated and Overconsolidated Clays
    7.5 Effect of Disturbance on Void Ratio-Pressure Relationship
    7.6 Calculation of Settlement from One-Dimensional Primary Consolidation
    7.7 Compression Index
    7.8 Swell Index
    7.9 Settlement from Secondary Consolidation
    7.10 Time Rate of Consolidation
    7.11 Coefficient of Consolidation
    7.12 Calculation of Primary Consolidation Settlement Under a Foundation
    7.13 Skempton-Bjerrum Modification for Consolidation Settlement
    7.14 Precompression-General Considerations
    7.15 Sand Drains Problems References

    CHAPTER 8 - Shear Strength of Soil
    8.1 Mohr-Coulomb Failure Criteria
    8.2 Inclination of the Plane of Failure Caused by Shear
    8.3 Direct Shear Test
    8.4 Triaxial Shear Test
    8.5 Consolidated-Drained Test
    8.6 Consolidated-Undrained Test
    8.7 Unconsolidated-Undrained Test
    8.8 Unconfined Compression Test on Saturated Clay
    8.9 Sensitivity and Thixotropy of Clay
    8.10 Anistropy in Undrained Shear Strength Problems References

    CHAPTER 9 - Slope Stability
    9.1 Factor of Safety
    9.2 Stability of Infinite Slopes Without Seepage
    9.3 Stability of Infinite Slopes with Seepage
    9.4 Finite Slopes
    9.5 Analysis of Finite Slopes with Circularly
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