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1987. An Introduction to Soil Mechanics by Peter L. Berry and David Reid
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Berry, Peter L.; and Reid, David. 'An Introduction to Soil Mechanics', published in 1987 by McGraw Hill, pbk, 318pp, ISBN 0070841640. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon!
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About the Authors:

Peter Berry is a graduate of the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.
David Reid is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. Both authors at the time of publication had taught soil mechanics and ground engineering at the University of Salford since 1970.

About the Book: The book was written for undergraduate students taking a first degree course in civil engineering and related disciplines. The book offers a new perspective on the subject and reflects the extensive teaching experience of the authors. The presentation of each topic is designed to a) Identify engineering problems particular to the topic and establish clearly the need for an appropriate theory; b) Develop the relevant theory; c) Illustrate the application of the theory through worked examples which are typical of problems encountered in engineering practice. Great important is attached to the last point and for this reason, over 40 worked examples are included. The student will thus gain a thorough understanding of the principles of soil mechanics and their practical application. Some topics are taken to an enhanced level and will be of value to postgraduate students. The large number of worked examples of typical field problems will also make the book useful to the professional engineer. SI units are used throughout and, where appropriate, reference is made both to the British and American standards.


Chapter 1. Physical and Chemical Properties of Engineering Soils

1.1 Geological formation and nature of soils
1.2 Origin and types of soil deposit
1.3 Electro-chemical properties of clay minerals
1.4 The structure of clay deposits
1.5 Physical properties of soils
1.6 Classification and description of engineering soils

Chapter 2. Stresses and Deformations in a Soil Mass
2.1 Principle of effective stress
2.2 Stresses at a point in a soil mass
2.3 Stresses due to self-weight
2.4 Stresses due to applied loads
2.5 Settlements based on elastic theory

Chapter 3. Seepage Theory and Groundwater Flow
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Theory of Steady State Flow
3.3 Upward Seepage Flow
3.4 Flow under retaining structures
3.5 Flow through earth dams
3.6 Radial flow in confined aquifers
3.7 Radial flow in unconfined aquifers

Chapter 4. Consolidation Theory and Settlement Analysis
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Terzaghi theory for vertical consolidation
4.3 Vertical consolidation test
4.4 Settlement analysis
4.5 Radial consolidation theory
4.6 Radial consolidation test
4.7 Design of vertical sand drains
4.8 Preloading
4.9 Influence of macrostructure of clay deposits on the measured value of Ch

Chapter 5. Shear Strength Theory
5.1 Coulomb failure equation
5.2 Direct shear test
5.3 Triaxial compression test
5.4 Direction of failure plane and relationship between principal stresses and shear strength parameters
5.5 Pore pressure parameters
5.6 Use of total stress and effective stress shear strength parameters

Chapter 6. Lateral Earth Pressure and Retaining Walls
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Rankine active and passive states
6.3 The at-rest state
6.4 Gravity and cantilever walls
6.5 Crib walls
6.6 Gabion walls
6.7 Reinforced earth walls
6.8 Sheet-pile walls
6.9 Braced excavations
6.10 Diaphragm Walls

Chapter 7. Stability of Slopes
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Stability of infinite slopes
7.3 Stability of cuttings
7.4 Stability of embankments
7.5 Stability of earth dams

Chapter 8. Stability of Foundations
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Bearing capacity of shallow foundations on clay
8.3 Bearing capacity of shallow foundations on sand
8.4 In situ penetration and plate load tests
8.5 Design procedure for shallow foundations on sand
8.6 Bearing capacity of piles in clay
8.7 Bearing capacity of piles in sand

Chapter 9. Ground Investigation and Methods of Ground Improvement
9.1 Ground investigation
9.2 Compaction of soils
9.3 Chemical stabilization and grouting
9.4 Geotextiles and geomembranes

References; Index


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Sack, Ronald L. 'Structural Analysis', published in 1983 in the US by McGraw-Hill in hardback, 652pp, ISBN 0070543925. Condition: Very good clean copy. Price: £45.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Structural Analysis [top]
    Written by Ronald L. Sack; Edited by Kiran Verman, Madelaine Eichberg with Leroy A. Young as production supervisor. Drawings were done by J&R Services, Inc. The cover was designed by Myrna Sharpe
    Published in 1983 in the United States by McGraw-Hill in hardback, 652pp, no dustjacket (was not published with one), ISBN 0070543925
    Published in 1984 in the United States by McGraw-Hill in paperback, ISBN 0070543933

About this book: This book is intended to appeal to a broad spectrum of students, ranging from those beginning a formal education in structural engineering to seasoned practitioners who wish to broaden or deepen their knowledge of the subject. The author states that he has attempted to write primarily for the student by progressing from the specific to the general case and using an ample number of clarifying examples. The precedent for this approach was set long ago by such great teachers of structural engineering as August Foppl and Stephen P. Timoshenko. The goal of most structural engineering work is to produce an efficiently constructed facility. This requires (1) an accurate description of loads, (2) an analysis for stresses and deflections, and (3) the design of members, subsystems, and their connections. The behaviour of a structure often depends on size and materials used for individual members; response influences design and vice-versa. Analysis and design are bedfellows of structural engineering and should not be viewed as separate disciplines.

The universe of methods of structural analysis can be divided into three category groupings: those of classical, approximate and numerical (computer-oriented). All three stem from the same basic precepts of structural analysis and are interrelated. This book describes each distinct method and explains the relationship between the different approaches, clarifying the distinct role each method plays. The book doesn't advocate, nor does it allow for, putting all the methods in a form suitable for computer implementation; in fact many classical and approximate methods serve as very useful tools in verifying computer results and some problems can be solved simply with hand calculation methods.

The book is divided into five main parts.

Part One: describes the many factors that influence the design, analysis and response of various structural systems. This section is often left out in courses due to the time constraints, but the information contained within will give the student a broad understanding of structural engineering and can be reread many times to reinforce this knowledge.

Part Two: presents the static considerations of structures so that the reader learns more about and understands better how statics relate to the field of structural analysis

Part Three: presents the study of structural deflections by both the direct and energy methods

Part Four: covers classical compatibility and equilibrium methods for statically indeterminate structures using the information from parts two and three

Part Five: derives the general equilibrium method and casts it in matrix form

1. Structures. An overview
PART TWO. The Statics of Structures
2. The Statics of Structures
3. Analysis of Structures Using Statics
4. Analysis of Statically Determinate Beams
5. Moving Loads and Influence Lines
6. Roof and Bridge Truss Structures
7. Cable and Arch Structures
8. Three-Dimensional Trusses
PART THREE. The Deflections of Structures
9. Deflections: Solutions to the Governing Equations
10. Deflections Using Energy Methods
PART FOUR. Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures
11. Classical Compatibility Methods
12. Classical Equilibrium Methods
13. Approximate Methods
14. Influence Lines for Indeterminate Structures
PART FIVE. Matrix Structural Analysis
15. The Stiffness Method
16. Analysis of Trusses Using The Stiffness Method
17. Analysis of Beams Using The Stiffness Method
18. Analysis of Rigid Frames Using The Stiffness Method
19. Special Considerations For The Stiffness Method

Appendix A. Systems of Measurement
Appendix B. gives a historical, social and functional perspective of structual analysis in a survey of structural engineering
Appendix C. Answers to Selected Problems

1983, McGraw-Hill, hbk

1984, McGraw-Hill, pbk

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