C.E. Augarde, Durham University, UK
This chapter covers selected topics in mechanics and soil mechanics, which are important for an appreciation and understanding of the mechanical and hydraulic behaviour of unstabilised earthen construction materials. Stabilised materials are not covered in detail in this chapter, but aspects of their behaviour are clearly linked to those of unstabilised materials. The role of water is crucial as is the acceptance that many of the materials with which we are concerned are what is termed ‘unsaturated’.
Understanding how earthen construction materials ...