Engineering Properties of Soils and Rocks

Engineering Properties of Soils and Rocks

3rd Edition - May 15, 1989

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  • Author: F. G. Bell
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102276

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Engineering Properties of Soils and Rocks, Third Edition serves as a guide to the engineering properties and behavior of soils and rocks. The text also complements other texts on rock and soil mechanics. The book covers topics such as the properties and classification of soils such as tills and other kinds of soils related to cold climates, tropical soils, and organic soils such as peat. The text also includes the engineering behavior and properties, classification and description, discontinuities, and weathering of rocks and rock masses. The monograph is recommended for engineers who would like to know about the properties of soils and rocks and the application of their study in the field of engineering.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1 Properties and Classification of Soils

    1.1 Origin of Soil

    1.2 Basic Properties of Soil

    1.3 Particle-Size Distribution

    1.4 Consistency Limits

    1.5 Soil Classification

    1.6 Shear Strength of Soil

    1.7 Consolidation


    2 Coarse-Grained Soils

    2.1 Fabric of Granular Soils

    2.2 Deformation of Granular Soil

    2.3 Strength and Distortion


    3 Cohesive Soils

    3.1 Silts

    3.2 Loess

    3.3 Clay Deposits

    3.4 Fissures in Clay


    4 Tills and Other Deposits Associated with Cold Climates

    4.1 Character and Types of Tills

    4.2 Basic Properties of Tills

    4.3 Compressibility and Strength of Tills

    4.4 Character of Weathered Tills

    4.5 Fluvio-Glacial Deposits; Stratified Drift

    4.6 Frozen Ground Phenomena in Periglacial Environments

    4.7 Quick Clays

    5 Tropical Soils

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Classification of Tropical Residual Soils

    5.3 Physical Properties and Engineering Behaviour

    5.4 Soils of Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

    5.5 Dispersive Soils


    6 Organic Soils: Peat

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Development of Peatlands and Types of Peat Deposit

    6.3 Humidification of Peat

    6.4 Description and Classification of Peat

    6.5 Basic Properties of Peat

    6.6 Consolidation and Settlement of Peat


    7 Engineering Behaviour of Rocks and Rock Masses 169

    7.1 Factors Controlling The Mechanical Behaviour of Rocks

    7.2 Deformation and Failure of Rocks

    7.3 Strength of Jointed Rock Masses and Its Assessment


    8 Discontinuities in Rock Masses

    8.1 Nomenclature of Joints

    8.2 Origins of Joints

    8.3 Description of Jointed Rock Masses

    8.4 Discontinuities and Rock Quality Indices

    8.5 Recording Discontinuity Data


    9 Weathering of Rocks and Rock Masses

    9.1 Rate of Weathering

    9.2 Mechanical Weathering

    9.3 Chemical and Biological Weathering

    9.4 Slaking and Swelling of Mudrocks

    9.5 Engineering Classification of Weathering


    10 Description and Classification of Rocks and Rock Masses

    10.1 Description of Rocks and Rock Masses

    10.2 Properties of Rocks and Rock Masses

    10.3 Basic Geotechnical Description of ISRM

    10.4 Principles of Classification

    10.5 Review of Classifications

    10.6 The Rating Concept


    11 Engineering Properties of Rock

    11.1 Engineering Character of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

    11.2 Engineering Properties of Arenaceous Sedimentary Rocks

    11.3 Engineering Properties of Argillaceous Sedimentary Rocks

    11.4 Carbonate Rocks

    11.5 Evaporitic Rocks


    12 Subsurface Water and Ground Conditions

    12.1 The Origin and Occurrence of Groundwater

    12.2 Capillary Movement in Soil

    12.3 Porosity and Permeability

    12.4 Flow Through Soils and Rocks

    12.5 Pore Pressures, Total Pressures and Effective Pressures

    12.6 Critical Hydraulic Gradient, Quick Conditions and Hydraulic Uplift Phenomena

    12.7 Groundwater Abstraction and Subsidence

    12.8 Frost Action in Soil



Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1989
  • Published: May 15, 1989
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102276

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