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Applied Soil Mechanics with ABAQUS Applications

ISBN: 978-0-471-79107-2
400 pages
March 2007
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A simplified approach to applying the Finite Element Method to geotechnical problems

Predicting soil behavior by constitutive equations that are based on experimental findings and embodied in numerical methods, such as the finite element method, is a significant aspect of soil mechanics. Engineers are able to solve a wide range of geotechnical engineering problems, especially inherently complex ones that resist traditional analysis. Applied Soil Mechanics with ABAQUS Applications provides civil engineering students and practitioners with a simple, basic introduction to applying the finite element method to soil mechanics problems.

Accessible to someone with little background in soil mechanics and finite element analysis, Applied Soil Mechanics with ABAQUS Applications explains the basic concepts of soil mechanics and then prepares the reader for solving geotechnical engineering problems using both traditional engineering solutions and the more versatile, finite element solutions. Topics covered include:

  • Properties of Soil
  • Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Stresses in Soil
  • Consolidation
  • Shear Strength of Soil
  • Shallow Foundations
  • Lateral Earth Pressure and Retaining Walls
  • Piles and Pile Groups
  • Seepage

Taking a unique approach, the author describes the general soil mechanics for each topic, shows traditional applications of these principles with longhand solutions, and then presents finite element solutions for the same applications, comparing both. The book is prepared with ABAQUS software applications to enable a range of readers to experiment firsthand with the principles described in the book (the software application files are available under "student resources" at www.wiley.com/college/helwany). By presenting both the traditional solutions alongside the FEM solutions, Applied Soil Mechanics with ABAQUS Applications is an ideal introduction to traditional soil mechanics and a guide to alternative solutions and emergent methods.

Dr. Helwany also has an online course based on the book available at www.geomilwaukee.com.

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Chapter 1. Properties of Soil.

Chapter 2. Elasticity and Plasticity.

Chapter 3. Stresses in Soil.

Chapter 4. Consolidation.

Chapter 5. Shear Strength of Soil.

Chapter 6. Shallow Foundations.

Chapter 7. Lateral Earth Pressure and Retaining Walls.

Chapter 8. Piles and Pile Groups.

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Sam Helwany, PhD, PE, is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include various geotechnical engineering aspects: retaining walls, foundations, piles, slope stability, bridge abutments, geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures, and soil-structure interaction.
Additional resources available at www.wiley.com/college/helwany
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"The book can be useful for civil engineering students and practitioners." (Zentralblatt MATH, 2008)
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267 "The Conventioneers" section
Please add "(and others)" after "team" in the first line (so it reads "When the real-life husband-and-wife team (and others) first approached...."
297 The Second Life Community Convention sidebar
In addition to FlipperPA and Jennyfur Peregrine, the following individuals also helped launch the SLCC: Hiro Pendragon, Valadeza Anubis, and SNOOPYbrown Zamboni, with Jeska Linden serving as the liaison between Linden Lab and the SLCC organizers. And then when reprints, please change that first sentence of the sidebar on pg 297 to "The brainchild of FlipperPA, Jennyfur Peregrine, Hiro Pendragon, Valadeza Anubis, and SNOOPYbrown Zamboni (with Jeska Linden serving as the liaison between Linden Lab and the organizers), the first SLCC was in 2005...."
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