Book Description
Devised with a focus on problem solving, Geotechnical Problem Solving bridges the gap between geotechnical and soil mechanics material covered in university Civil Engineering courses and the advanced topics required for practicing Civil, Structural and Geotechnical engineers. By giving newly qualified engineers the information needed to apply their extensive theoretical knowledge, and informing more established practitioners of the latest developments, this book enables readers to consider how to confidently approach problems having thought through the various options available. Where various competing solutions are proposed, the author systematically leads through each option, weighing up the benefits and drawbacks of each, to ensure the reader can approach and solve realworld problems in a similar manner
The scope of material covered includes a range of geotechnical topics, such as soil classification, soil stresses and strength and soil selfweight settlement. Shallow and deep foundations are analyzed, including special articles on laterally loaded piles, retaining structures including MSE and Tieback walls, slope and trench stability for natural, cut and fill slopes, geotechnical uncertainty, and geotechnical LRFD (Load and Resistance Factor Design).
Table of Contents
 Cover
 Title Page
 Copyright
 Preface
 1: General Topics

2: Geotechnical Topics
 2.1: Soil Classification – Why Do we Have it?

2.2: Soil Stresses and Strains
 2.2.1 Introduction to Soil Stresses
 2.2.2 Isotropic and Linearly Elastic versus Anisotropic and NonLinearly Elastic
 2.2.3 Anisotropic Materials and Anisotropic Stresses
 2.2.4 Soil Strains
 2.2.5 Additional General Information on Soil Stresses and Strains
 2.2.6 Additional Specific Information on Stresses and Strains
 2.3: Soil Shear Strength

2.4: Shear Strength Testing – What is Wrong with the Direct Shear Test?
 2.4.1 Introduction to Direct Shear Testing
 2.4.2 Direct Shear Rotation of Principle Stresses
 2.4.3 Use of the Direct Shear Test to Determine Internal Friction Angle, ϕ
 2.4.4 The Direct Shear Test – Details
 2.4.5 How Can the Direct Shear Test Go Wrong?
 2.4.6 Evaluating Results of Direct Shear Tests
 2.4.7 Concluding Remarks about the Direct Shear Test
 2.5: What is the Steady State Line?
 2.6: Static Equilibrium and Limit States
 2.7: Unsaturated Soils

3: Foundations

3.1: Settlements of Clays
 Introduction
 3.1.1 A Brief Geotechnical History and Overview of Clay Settlement
 3.1.2 Time Rate of Consolidation Issues
 3.1.3 Time Rate of Consolidation Corrections – The Asaoka Method
 3.1.4 A Few Lessons Learned from Field Measurements of Settlement
 3.1.5 Closing Remarks on Clay Settlement Calculations

3.2: Settlement of Sands
 3.2.1 Introduction
 3.2.2 Settlement of Sands – General
 3.2.3 The Granular Soil Identification Problem
 3.2.4 Identification of Loose Granular Soils
 3.2.5 Identification of Dense Granular Soils
 3.2.6 Analyzing the Sand Settlement Problem
 3.2.7 Janbu Method of Settlement Calculation
 3.2.8 Estimating Settlements – Why Did We OverEstimate the Settlement?
 3.2.9 Additional Sand Settlement Information – Specific
 3.3: SelfWeight Settlement of Sandy Soils
 3.4: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations
 3.5: Load Capacity of Deep Foundations
 3.6: Laterally Loaded Piles and Shafts

3.1: Settlements of Clays

4: Retaining Structures – Lateral Loads

4.1: Lateral Earth Pressure
 4.1.1 Lateral Earth Pressure Introduction
 4.1.2 Lateral Earth Pressure – The Problem
 4.1.3 Coulomb Earth Pressure Equations
 4.1.4 Rankine Earth Pressure Equations
 4.1.5 Including Cohesion into Active and Passive Earth Pressures
 4.1.6 Equivalent Fluid Pressure
 4.1.7 Lateral Earth Pressures for Wet Soil versus Submerged Soil
 4.1.8 Friction between Retained Fill and Wall – Curved Failure Surfaces
 4.1.9 Seismic Earth Pressure
 4.1.10 Suggested Further Reading

4.2: Retaining Walls – Gravity, Cantilevered, MSE, Sheet Piles, and Soldier Piles
 4.2.1 Introduction to Retaining Walls
 4.2.2 Design of Gravity Retaining Walls
 4.2.3 Issues with Static Equilibrium Analyses of Walls
 4.2.4 Design of Cantilevered Retaining Walls
 4.2.5 Design of MSE Retaining Walls
 4.2.6 Design of SheetPile Walls
 4.2.7 Design of SoldierPile Walls
 4.2.8 What Kind of Wall Would You Use Here?
 4.3: Tieback Walls

4.1: Lateral Earth Pressure

5: Geotechnical LRFD
 5.1: Reliability, Uncertainty, and GeoStatistics
 5.2: Geotechnical Load and Resistance Factor Design

5.3: LRFD Spread Footings
 5.3.1 LRFD and ASD Spread Footing Analyses – An Overview
 5.3.2 A Spread Footing LRFD Design Approach
 5.3.3 Development of Spread Footing LoadSettlement Curves
 5.3.4 Development of a Spread Footing Service and Strength Resistance Chart
 5.3.5 Other Spread Footing LRFD Considerations – Eccentricity and Sliding
 5.4: LRFD Pile Foundations
 5.5: LRFD DrilledShaft Foundations
 5.6: LRFD Slope Stability

6: Closing

6.1: The Big Picture
 6.1.1 How Do Geotechnical Engineers Miss the Big Picture?
 6.1.2 The Big Picture – What a Soils Engineer Should Know about the Geologic Setting before Going to the Job Site
 6.1.3 Bedrock
 6.1.4 Structural Problems
 6.1.5 Previous Land Usage
 6.1.6 Paleo Channels
 6.1.7 Jerry's Closing Comment and a Thought from Ralph Peck
 6.2: V and V and Balance
 6.3: The Biggest Problem
 6.4: Topics Left for Later

6.1: The Big Picture
 Index
Product Information
 Title: Geotechnical Problem Solving
 Author(s):
 Release date: April 2012
 Publisher(s): Wiley
 ISBN: 9781119992974