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Unsaturated Soil Mechanics Hardcover – May 20, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0471447313 ISBN-10: 0471447315 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471447315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471447313
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thorough and unique introduction to the fundamental principles of unsaturated soil mechanics

Through a principles-based approach, Unsaturated Soil Mechanics provides a thorough grounding in unsaturated soil mechanics principles and phenomena from three fundamental perspectives: thermodynamics, mechanics, and hydrology.

In a progressive and interrelated format with logic, physical reasoning, and mathematical rigor, Unsaturated Soil Mechanics examines the fundamental principles of unsaturated soil mechanics, illustrates the application of these principles to stress and flow phenomena in unsaturated soil, and demonstrates and evaluates the measurement and modeling techniques commonly used to quantify the state and material variables required to describe these stress and flow phenomena.

Unsaturated Soil Mechanics offers one focused volume uniting the microscopic physical basis and the macroscopic thermodynamic framework for pore water retention and the state of stress in unsaturated soil. Complete with extensive sample problems, this accessible text brings together the rapid advances in research in unsaturated soil mechanics, including advances in the applicability of effective stress, liquid and gas flows, and suction and hydraulic conductivity measurement.

Unsaturated Soil Mechanics is an invaluable introduction to this emerging field for students in civil engineering, environmental engineering, soil science, groundwater hydrology, and geoscience, as well as an inclusive reference for professional geotechnical engineers, soil scientists, geologists, and structural engineers.

About the Author

NING LU, PhD, is Professor of Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he teaches courses in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. He is the author of more than thirty papers published in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a lifetime member of the American Geophysical Union.

WILLIAM J. LIKOS, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri—Columbia, where he teaches courses in soil mechanics and soil behavior. He is a former geotechnical engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is the author of numerous papers regarding unsaturated and expansive soil behavior, an editorial board member for the Geotechnical Testing Journal, and a member of ASCE and the Clay Minerals Society.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By REP on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am extremely pleased with Unsaturated Soil Mechanics by Lu and Likos. Out of the three major disciplines that study unsaturated soils 1) Soil Physicists, 2) Hydrogeologists, and 3) Civil Engineers; this book has a good balance of the necessary components of Soil Physics (i.e. surface tension, pressure potentials, suction measurements, capillarity) with the topics of interest for the Civil Engineer (i.e. shear strength,suction and earth pressure profiles). I greatly appreciate the chapter summarizing the popular suction and hydraulic models. This book is appropriate for the study of unsaturated soils in a Civil Engineering curriculum. Unsaturated Soils books from an Engineering perspective are not in abundance, and this is a welcome addition with a recent copyright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dinesh Katti on November 28, 2012
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Wonderful book on the topic of unsaturated soil mechanics. I would suggest including a chapter on bearing capacity similar to Fredlund's book.
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By L. li on August 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I used this book as my graduate level course "Unsaturated Soil Mechanics" in each Fall semester. It is a well written textbook, with the easy concept and model for the unsaturated soil mechanics. It is highly recommended for college student and practical geotechnical engineers.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonh Berning on March 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Save your money and time, buy Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils (Hardcover)by D. G. Fredlund, H. Rahardjo, this is a better book.
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