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Smith's Elements of Soil Mechanics, 8th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3370-8
552 pages
July 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
This core undergraduate textbook for civil engineers is the first to cover the fundamental changes in the ethos of geotechnical design advocated in the now published Eurocode 7. This code will be fully adopted across Europe by 2010 and its implementation will mean a radical shift to limit state design.

Ian Smith makes understanding this new approach to geotechnical design less daunting to the student with clear explanatory text, detailed illustrations and several worked examples, covering a range of topics including slope stability, retaining walls and shallow and deep foundations. Downloadable spreadsheets help to illustrate how the new Eurocode is applied and the book’s website also gives the worked solutions to self-test questions at the end of each chapter.

Now in its 8th edition, this well-established textbook has been updated and re-designed with improved page layout and illustrations making it the essential user-friendly introduction to soil mechanics and geotechnical design to Eurocode 7.

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  1. Classification And Identification Properties Of Soil

  2. Soil Water, Permeability And Flow

  3. Shear Strength Of Soils

  4. Elements Of Stress Analysis

  5. Stability Of Slopes

  6. Lateral Earth Pressure

  7. Earth Retaining Structures

  8. Bearing Capacity Of Soils

  9. Foundation, Settlement And Soil Compression

  10. Rate Of Foundation Settlement

  11. Compaction And Soil Mechanics Aspects Of Highway Design

  12. Unsaturated Soils

  13. Critical State Theory

  14. Site Investigation And Ground Improvement


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Ian Smith has several years’ practical experience in site investigation and geotechnical consultancy. He is Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at Napier University, Edinburgh.
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  • First textbook to cover new eurocode (EU7)
  • Well regarded textbook, first published in 1968
  • Thoroughly updated edition with new material on environmental issues

  • Provides a clear route to passing exams

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