Shallow Foundations: Discussions and Problem Solving by Tharwat M. Baban pdf

Shallow Foundations: Discussions and Problem Solving by Tharwat M. Baban pdf download.

This book is intended primarily to introduce civil engineers, especially geotechnical engineers and all civil engineering students reading the specialist subjects of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, to the fundamental concepts and application of shallow foundation analysis and design. Also, the furnished material can be considered as an essential reference work for practising civil engineers, consulting engineers and government authorities. The primary focus of this book is on interfacing structural elements with the underlying soil, which is, in the author’s opinion, where the major focus of shallow foundation engineering lies.

The book is not intended to be a specific text book on soil mechanics or geotechnical engineering. Therefore, there is no part of the text alone that could be used as a core syllabus for a certain course. However, it is the author’s opinion that more than 70% of the book is core material at the advanced undergraduate levels. It is expected that civil engineering students will find the text helpful in better understanding the fundamental concepts and their implications for the analysis and design of shallow foundations. The author tried to present the material such that separable topics and subtopics are covered in separate sections, with clear and unambiguous titles and subtitles. Thus, it would not be difficult for a university lecturer to draw up a personalised reading schedule, appropriate to his or her own course. It is hoped that the book can establish itself as an effective reference and a useful text in most of the engineering colleges and technical institutions. Generally, the given material is of an advanced level and, therefore, it is assumed that the reader has a good understanding of basic statics and the mechanics of materials and has studied the basic principles of soil mechanics, lateral earth pressures and reinforced concrete. SI units are used throughout all the chapters and, therefore, the reader also needs to have sufficient background knowledge regarding the use of these units.

The book would be very beneficial to the reader, since it provides essential data for the design of shallow foundations under ordinary circumstances. The necessary background concepts and theories are generally presented clearly in concise forms of formulas or charts, and their applications are highlighted through solving a relatively large number of realistic problems. Moreover, the worked problems are of the types usually faced by civil engineers in practice and, therefore, the obtained information will be most valuable. Generally, the subject matter is introduced here by first discussing the particular topic and then solving a number of pertinent objective problems that highlight the relevant theories, concepts and analysis methods. A list of crucial references is given at the end of each chapter. Thus, each chapter consists of three parts: discussions, problem solving and references. The “discussion” part is presented in a clear and concise but precise manner, keeping in view the avoidance of unnecessary details. In some chapters, where the topics are of special difficulty, full guiding explanations are given; where the subject of study is simpler, less detailed treatment is provided The “problem solving” part gives a relatively comprehensive range of worked out problems to consolidate an understanding of the principles and illustrate their applications in simple practical situations. A total of 180 worked problems have been provided.

The author’s academic and professional career has proved to him that geotechnical engineers and civil engineering students need to be well acquainted with the correct and effective use of the theoretical and empirical principles and formulas they have learned. An effective way to lessen the deficiency may be through solving, as much as possible, a variety of problems of the type or nearly similar to those engineers face in practice. For these reasons the author considers the “problem solving” part, on which the book is partially based, as a vital portion of the text. The “references” part that comes directly at the end of each chapter enriches the discussions part with valuable sources of information and increases its reliability. Moreover, the furnished references will be very beneficial to any ambitious fresh civil engineer or undergraduate student who may wish later to undertake higher studies in the subject.

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