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Soil Mechanics

Roberto Nova, Milan University of Technology, Italy

ISBN: 9781848211025

Publication Date: June 2010   Hardback   416 pp.

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Knowledge of the behavior of soil mechanics is essential for forecasting internal displacements and behavior under the loads of any building, structure, or engineering construction.
Soil mechanics is a fundamental discipline in geotechnical engineering; this branch of civil engineering focuses in particular on the interaction between the ground and structures by taking into account the design and construction of civil, environmental and industrial works. This book, while it may appear rather theoretical at first glance also offers a more practical scope, giving readers sufficient tools and techniques to design geotechnical projects correctly and safely.


1. Introduction: Basic Concepts.
2. Field Equations for a Porous Medium.
3. Seepage: Stationary Conditions.
4. Seepage: Transient Conditions.
5. The Constitutive Relationship: Tests and Experimental Results.
6. The Constitutive Relationship: Mathematical Modeling of the Experimental Behavior.
7. Numerical Solution to Boundary Problems.

About the Authors

Roberto Nova obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and then became Professor of Soil Mechanics at Dipartemento Ingegneria Strutturale del Politecnico in Milan, Italy.


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