Geotechnics and Drainage Analytical Essay by orise

Looks at the use of geotechnical engineering, which is a subtopic in civil engineering, and soil mechanics to investigate soils onsite.
# 149832 | 1,040 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | KE

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This paper explains that soil mechanics, which makes possible the study of geotechnical engineering, is different from fluid mechanics because soils have a composition of heterogeneous fluids. Next, the author relates the composition and genesis of soils, types of triaxial tests and triaxial apparatus. The paper stresses that, although there are many testing techniques, shear strength of soil remains the best testing techniques to ensure the stability of the potential building sites. Diagrams, examples of calculations and colored pictures are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Soil Mechanics
Types of Triaxial Tests
Stress Strain Curve
Deviator Stress
Normal and Over- Consolidated Stratum
Triaxial Apparatus
Shear Strength

From the Paper:

"This is very important because it ensures that buildings do not fall apart easily in the modern world and this contributes a lot to the development of different cities world wide. The study of soils is also very important because it contributes a lot to good agricultural products. Many areas of engineering depend on soil mechanics and some of these areas are such as coastal engineering, geophysical engineering and hydrology among other areas. One of the best ways of approaching the topic on geotechnics and drainage is through understanding the composition and genesis of soils.
"This is one of the best examples of a diagram that clearly defines the formation of soils as far as volumes of water, air and solid is concerned. The V , V , and V represent the amount of solids, air and water present in a specific mixture of soil. W , W , and W in the diagram above stand for the weights of solids, air and water within a soil mixture and M , M , and M stand for the masses of water, solids and air found in a mixture of soil. The formulae for calculating the weights of all the named particles present is Mass multiplied by the acceleration of gravity which is W =Mg."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chen, Yunmin. Advances in environmental geotechnics: proceedings of the International symposium on Geoenvironmental Engineering in Hangzhou, China, Septermber 8-10, 2009. New York: Springer, 2010.

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