ATKINSON BRANSBY THE MECHANICS OF SOILS PDF

It may be dug into, heaped up, or spread out in the construction of civil engineering works. All man made structures, except those which float or fly, are supported by natural soil or rock deposits, and many civil engineering -structures, such as water-retaining banks, roads, and airfield pavements, arc constructed from soil and rock materials. But, before these calculations can be performed, the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials such as steel, concrete, and soil must be understood. This book is concerned with the mechanical behaviour of engineering soils when they are sheared or compressed or when water flows through them. There are topics in soil mechanics that are relevant to allied subjects, for example, the strength of soil and the stability of soil slopes are of interest in geomorphology and theories of soil deformation and flow relate to the discharge of granular materials from storage bunkers and to materials handling. Consequently, although this book is written primarily from the point of view of the civil engineer concerned with the design of soil structures, there may be parts that are of interest to others.

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It may be dug into, heaped up, or spread out in the construction of civil engineering works. All man made structures, except those which float or fly, are supported by natural soil or rock deposits, and many civil engineering -structures, such as water-retaining banks, roads, and airfield pavements, arc constructed from soil and rock materials. But, before these calculations can be performed, the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials such as steel, concrete, and soil must be understood.

This book is concerned with the mechanical behaviour of engineering soils when they are sheared or compressed or when water flows through them.

There are topics in soil mechanics that are relevant to allied subjects, for example, the strength of soil and the stability of soil slopes are of interest in geomorphology and theories of soil deformation and flow relate to the discharge of granular materials from storage bunkers and to materials handling. Consequently, although this book is written primarily from the point of view of the civil engineer concerned with the design of soil structures, there may be parts that are of interest to others.

J I Engineering aructures are required to support loads safely. These loads may be applied externally ot they may be due to the weight of the structure itself. No material is perfectly rigid and any change in the loading must produce deflections and distortions in the structure; this is as true of a small machine component as it is of a large civil engineering structure. Engineering involves assessing the possibility of collapse and the deflections and distortions of the structure in service.

What we must aim for is a physical theorY:for the mechanical behaviour of soil which balances simplicity and truth; with a satisfactory physical theory engineering calculations are reasonably straightforward and the results of these calculations are sufficiently accurate for the particular purpose for which they are intended.

The major objective of this book is to present physical theories which describe different aspects of soil behaviour. These theories are, of necessity, idealizations of the behaviour of the wide variety of soils met in civil engineering practice. Nevertheless, these physical theories are sufficiently accurate for many engineering purposes and for many soils; refinements and modifications can be incorporated into the theories to allow for special applications or for soils whose behaviour is not typical.

The physical theories discussed in this book form the basis on which experienced engineers will superimpose their judgement, and so these theories must be well understood. For a definition of an engineering soil we may quote from Terzaghi and Peck , p. Scott , p. These definitions are quite satisfactory as far as they go but they deal only with the composition of the solid part of soil and we must consider as well the fluid filling the pore spaces between the mineral grains.

We will discover that the pressure in the pore fluid, which we will call the pore pressure, has a very important influence on the mechanical behaviour of soil. The pore fluid may be water or gas such as ait or water vapour or a combination of these; if the pore spaces are completely filled with water the soil is known as saturated.

In nature, the level of waler in the ground is often close to the surface and, hence, most engineering soils lire saturated, at least in temperate zones.

Throughout this book, unless we speclfically state otherwise, we will consider only saturated soils. The remainder of the cycle, that of loss of crustal material to the mantle and supply of fresh mantle material to the crust, has recently been explained by continental drift and plate tectonics e. That part of the geological cycle which includes weathering, deposition, and, up to a point, compression leads to the formation of engineering soils.

In situ to form engineering soils. Most texts on soil mechanics and engineering geology discuss the place of soil in the geological cycle and deal with the. Civil engineers may be concerned with naturally occurring soils in the design of slopes and foundations or may excavate and rework soils during construction of an embankment. In any case, whether the soil is undisturbed or reworked, the civil engineer will be concerned with the engineering behaviour of an uncemented, or only slightly cemented, aggregate of mineral grains with water contained in the pore spaces.

If rocks are only physically degraded by the motion -of ice, water, air, the soil grains will have the same composition as the parent rock; Ule size, shape, and texture of the mineral grains will depend primarily on the history of degradation, transportation, and deposition. When chemical Changes occur, the basic rock-forming minerals may be changed to the clay minerals, of which the comrnon opes are kaolinite, illite, and montmorillonite. The precise products of chemical alteration of soils and rocks depend more on the local conditions of climate and drainage than on the mineral composition of the parent rock.

For engineering purposes, the presence of only relatively small quantities of clay in a soil may have a substantial effect on its behaviour. Engineers are concerned more with the mechanical behaviour of masses of soil than with the microscopic properties of individual grains; the chemical nature of the soil grains will not, therefore, be considered here.

We shall, however, examine the range and variation of particle sizes and the effects of surface forces between grains on the behaviour of soil masses. Several systems for the classification of particle sizes exist in current use; these are all basically similar and differ only in detail. As a general guide, individual sand-sized and coarser particles are visibre to the naked eye, individual sltt-slzed panicles are visible through an optical microscope, but not with tho flaked eye, while individual clay-sized particles can be seen only withelectr9d microscopes.

Particle shapes differ considerably. Clay particles occur as very thin plates perhaps only a few molecules thick while silt, sand, and coarsegrained particles are more rotund. The distribution of particle sizes in a soil sample is conveniently shown as a grading curve on a particle size distribution chart; grading curves are usually S-shaped, as indicated in Fig.

I-I which shows the grading curves for some typical engineering soils.

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Indeed, researchers of the Cambridge University had noticed that during their various experiments, the rate of volumetric deformation of the sample tending to zero every time the rupture of the specimen is reached during a test performed on a clay specimen Roscoe et al. To better understand and clarify this mechanical behaviour, a description has been proposed in the e, p, q representation that means void ratio, volumetric stress spherical pressure and deviatoric stress. This frame of theoretical study and apprehension is called: the theory of the Critical State. One of the major problems met at the time of our present research is the non-availability of triaxial apparatus allowing us to achieve some tests on tropical soils samples from Senegal in West Africa and to describe the behaviour of these materials easily like the researchers of the university of Cambridge in the theory of the critical state. To by-pass this difficulty, we decided to consider two very classical and simple mechanical tests: shear-box and the oedometer test as well as the interrelationship of the results given by the tests and some theoretical calculations.

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