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Soil Mechanics and Foundations (English) 16th Edition

Language: English
Length: 940 Pages
Publisher: Laxmi Publication Ltd.
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Soil Mechanics And Foundations is a comprehensive reference and learning resource for civil engineering students. It explains in detail soil characteristics and includes experiments for enhancing the learner’s practical know-how.

Summary Of The Book

Soil mechanics is an important branch of engineering mechanics applied in civil engineering to predict the behavior of soil. All structures have the same foundation, i.e. earth. Thus, a study of the behavior of its chief component becomes prudent for every civil engineer.

Soil Mechanics And Foundations is a must-have for every civil engineering student. It deals with topics beyond soil characteristics, including retaining wall, foundations, and piers. It also discusses stresses due to surface loads, the effect of water on stress conditions, seepage, shear strength, and soil permeability. Theories are explained with in-depth examples and a list of experiments to assist in the learning process.

The book includes topics like soil structure and clay mineralogy, earth pressure, shallow foundations, and design of flexible pavement. The book is divided into 34 chapters and eight parts for easier navigation between topics.

An updated, accurate, and comprehensive book on soil mechanics is necessary as the safety of structures depends greatly on their foundations. The book helps in presenting the reader with design principles and theories on foundation engineering and soil mechanics. The book can be useful for students pursuing postgraduate and undergraduate courses in soil engineering. Soil Mechanics And Foundations also includes 21 lab experiments.

About The Authors

B. C. Punmia is an author and former professor.

Some of the books written by him include Surveying Vol. II, Building Construction, Water Supply Engineering, and Basic Civil Engineering.

Punmia graduated with honours in his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He later worked as an Assistant Professor, Reader, Professor and Dean. He has written over hundred monographs and technical reports and is a highly regarded author who has written eighteen books. He was also the Dean and Head of the Civil Engineering department at M. B. M. Engineering College.

Ashok Kumar Jain is a design and field engineer.

Some of the books written by him include Surveying Vol. III (Higher Surveying), Reinforced Concrete Structures Vol. II, and Limit State Design of Reinforced Concrete.

Arun Kumar Jain is an assistant professor at M. B. M. Engineering College’s Civil Engineering department.

He has also written books like SMTS - I Strength of Materials and Mechanics of Materials.

He holds gold medals at both, his Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Preliminary Definitions and Relationships
Chapter 3 - Determination of Index Properties
Chapter 4 - Classification of Soils
Chapter 5 - Soil Structure and Clay Mineralogy


Chapter 6 - Soil Water : Effective and Neutral Stresses
Chapter 7 - Permeability
Chapter 8 - Well Hydraulics
Chapter 9 - Seepage Analysis
Chapter 10 - Seepage Below Hydraulic Structures
Chapter 11 - Drainage and Dewatering


Chapter 12 - Elements of Elasticity
Chapter 13 - Stress Distribution : I
Chapter 14 - Stress Distribution : II


Chapter 15 - One Dimensional Consolidation
Chapter 16 - Three Dimensional Consolidation
Chapter 17 - Compaction


Chapter 18 - Shear Strength
Chapter 19 - Failure Envelopes
Chapter 20 - Earth Pressure
Chapter 21 - Bulkheads and Cofferdams
Chapter 22 - Shafts, Tunnels and Conduits
Chapter 23 - Stability of Slopes


Chapter 24 - Bearing Capacity
Chapter 25 - Shallow Foundations
Chapter 26 - Pile Foundations
Chapter 27 - Well Foundations
Chapter 28 - Machine Foundations


Chapter 29 - Design of Flexible Pavement
Chapter 30 - Design of Rigid Pavement
Chapter 31 - Stabilisation of Soils


Chapter 32 - Site Investigation and Sub-Soil Exploration
Chapter 33 - Advanced Measuring Instruments
Chapter 34 - Reinforced Earth and Geotextiles


Specifications of Soil Mechanics and Foundations (English) 16th Edition (Paperback)

Author Ashok Kumar Jain, B. C. Punmia
Authored By Arun Kumar Jain
Book Details
Publisher Laxmi Publication Ltd.
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9788170087915
ISBN-10 8170087910
Language English
Edition 16th Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 940 Pages
University Books Details
Subject Foundation Engineering, Earth and Earth Retaining Structures, Geotechnical Engineering
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17 May 2012
best book

this is the best book for geotechnology especially if you are preparing for GATE exam.


3 of 3 users found this review helpful.
07 Mar 2012
Best book on numerical for Geotechnical engineering

The book can be helpful to students who wish to specialize in Geotechnical engg at PG level. It clears all basics and has more numericals, both solved & unsolved, than any other book on Geotech engg. The book does contain lots of extra stuff, so it becomes necessary to keep the syllabus copy handy while studying from this book.

3 of 3 users found this review helpful.
04 Dec 2011
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My Experience with this book

I am a student of diploma in civil engineering..passed with 83% marks. But truly speaking buying this book was a great mistake of mine. Whenever i opened this book and wanted to understand the subject it made me confused every time.Reasons are:
1.It makes a complicated subject more complicated.
2. This books contains somany unnecessary topics which are not required for students to understand the subject.
I would suggest average students never buy this book.

2 of 7 users found this review helpful.
30 Jan 2014
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good book

book is straight to the point.good collection of problems given in upsc papers.perfect guide for laboratory.explanatory photographs of relevant instruments

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ANkit Bhandari
08 Nov 2013
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nice book.

ok i have read this book and only this book. it is nice but before buying look into other books too. i have never read any other book.

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    Book: Soil Mechanics and Foundations (English) 16th Edition by Ashok Kumar Jain, B. C. Punmia
    ISBN Number: 8170087910, 9788170087915, 978-8170087915


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