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Geotechnical Engineering Handbook: v. 1-3 by Ulrich Smoltczyk
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Volume 1 covers the basics necessary for any construction activity in foundation engineering. This systematic introduction to the assessment of soil and rock properties provides an insight into the requirements of Eurocode 7, Parts 1 and 3. It also gives details of geotechnical laboratory and field tests and the associated equipment, concise treatments of relevant solutions provided by the theories of elasticity and plasticity and numerical methods applied to solve problems of geotechnical design. The problems of earthquakes are also explained with regard to Eurocode 8. Volume 2 of the Handbook covers the geotechnical procedures used in manufacturing anchors and piles as well as for improving or underpinning foundations, securing existing constructions, controlling ground water, excavating rocks and earth works. It also treats such specialist areas as the use of geotextiles and seeding. Volume 3 of this Handbook deals with foundations. It presents spread foundations starting with basic designs right up the necessary proofs. The section on pile foundations covers possible types of piles and their design, together with their load--bearing capacity, suitability, sample loads and testing. A further chapter explains the use, manufacture and calculation of caissons, illustrated by real--life examples. There is comprehensive coverage of the possibilities for stabilising excavations, together with the relevant area of application, while another section is devoted to the useful application of trench walls. Shore protection is treated in a special contribution covering sheet pile walls, while all types of slope protection and retainments are described in detail with excellent illustrations. Two further contributions are devoted to the special topics of machine foundations and foundations in subsidence regions. The entire book is an indispensable aid in the planning and execution of all types of foundations found in practice, whether for academics or practitioners.

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1.International agreements.Determination of characteristic values.Geotechnical field investigation.Laboratory tests of soil and rock properties.Constitutive laws for soils from a physical viewpoint.Calculation of stress and settlement in soil masses.Plastic analysis of geotechnical problems.Soil dynamics and earthquakes.Earth pressure determination.Numerical methods in geotechnics.Metrological monitoring of slopes, embankments and retaining walls.Geotechnical measurement procedures.Phenomenology of natural slopes and their mass movement.Ice loading actions.Stability of rock slopes.VOLUME 2.Ground improvement.Grouting.Underpinning and undercutting.Ground freezing.Ground anchors.Drilling technology.Driving and extraction.Foundations in open water.Ground water flow and drainage techniques.Construction methods for cuttings and slopes in rock.Microtunneling.Earthworks.Application of geotextiles.Slope protection by bioengineering techniques.VOLUME 3.Spread foundations.Pile foundations.Caissons.Stability of excavations.Trench walls.Sheet-pile walls for harbours and waterways.Slope protection and retainment.Machine foundations.Foundations in regions subject to subsidence.

Author Biography

Ulrich Smoltczyk is editor of the German Grundbau Taschenbuch. He was Professor for geotechnical engineering in Stuttgart and sat on numerous national and international committees responsible for norms and standards. The authors - renowned experts - are from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and USA.
Release date NZ
April 4th, 2003
Country of Publication
Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag fur Architektur und technische Wissenschaften
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