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Soil Strength and Slope Stability

ISBN: 978-0-471-69163-1
312 pages
January 2005
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Authoritative, state-of-the-art guidance to soil strength and slope-stability analysis

Through clear, concise language and practical examples, Soil Strength and Slope Stability describes state of the art methods for evaluating soil strength, and for analysis, design and stabilization of slopes in soil. The principles of limit equilibrium analysis, and appropriate use of computer programs are emphasized. Methods are described for checking the results of complex analyses, and for presenting results of slope stability analyses clearly. These are illustrated through many examples.

Written by two recognized experts in the field, Soil Strength and Slope Stability features:

  • Case histories of landslides, embankment failures, excavation slope failures
  • Principles that govern the shear strength of soils, including shear strength of municipal solid waste
  • Methods for estimating and evaluating shear strengths based on back analysis of slope failures and stable slopes
  • Explanations of the conditions that slopes must be designed to endure
  • Detailed explanations of analysis methods for short-term and long-term stability, rapid drawdown, earthquake, and partial consolidation
  • A wide range of analysis methods, methods for verifying results, and advice on presenting the results of slope stability analyses,including the importance of using multiple and/or independent methods
  • Methods for repairing failed slopes and stabilizing marginally stable slopes

Visually informative with more than 250 illustrations, Soil Strength and Slope Stability is a complete and practical resource for geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, civil engineers, geologists, environmental engineers, and students.

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Preface.

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Examples and Causes of Slope Failure.

Chapter 3. Soil Mechanics Principles.

Chapter 4. Stability Conditions for analyses.

Chapter 5. Shear Strengths of Soil and Municipal Solid Waste.

Chapter 6. Mechanics of Limit Equilibrium Procedures.

Chapter 7. Methods of Analyzing Slope Stability.

Chapter 8. Reinforced Slopes and Embankments.

Chapter 9. Analyses for Rapid Drawdown.

Chapter 10. Seismic Slope Stability.

Chapter 11. Analyses of Embankments with Partial Consolidation of Weak Foundations.

Chapter 12. Analyses to Back-Calculate Strengths.

Chapter 13. Factors of Safety and Reliability.

Chapter 14. Important Details of Stability Analyses.

Chapter 15. Presenting Results of Stability Evaluations.

Chapter 16. Slope Stabilization and Repair.

Appendix: Slope Stability Charts.

References.

Index.

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J. Michael Duncan is University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research (CGPR) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.

Stephen G. Wright is Brunswick-Abernathy Regents Professor in Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Case histories of landslides, embankment failures, and excavation slope failures
  • Principles that govern the shear strength of soils, including shear strength of municipal solid waste
  • Methods for estimating and evaluating shear strengths based on back analysis of slope failures and stable slopes
  • Explanations of the conditions that slopes must be designed to endure
  • Detailed explanations of analysis methods for short-term and long-term stability, rapid drawdown, earthquakes, and partial consolidation
  • A wide range of analysis methods, methods for verifying results, and advice on presenting the results of slope stability analyses, including the importance of using multiple and/or independent methods
  • Methods for repairing failed slopes and stabilizing marginally stable slopes

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“…an outstanding and inclusive work on soil slope stability…this book is a “must have”…certainly destined to become a classic in the geotechnical literature.” (Geotechnical News, Vol 23 (2) June 2005)
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