## 52 The general procedure

It has been indicated in the examples given above how the total stresses, the effective stresses and the pore pressures can be determined on a horizontal plane in a soil consisting of practically horizontal layers. In most cases the best general procedure is that first the total stresses are determined, from the vertical equilibrium of a column of soil. The total stress then is determined by the total weight of the column (particles and water), plus an eventual surcharge caused by a structure....

## 51 Vertical stresses

In many places on earth the soil consists of practically horizontal layers. If such a soil does not carry a local surface load, and if the groundwater is at rest, the vertical stresses can be determined directly from a consideration of vertical equilibrium. The procedure is illustrated in this chapter. A simple case is a homogeneous layer, completely saturated with water, see Figure 5.1. The pressure in the water is determined by the location of the phreatic surface. This is defined as the...

## 43 Effective stress

On an element of soil normal stresses as well as shear stresses may act. The simplest case, however, is the case of an isotropic normal stress, see Figure 4.4. It is assumed that the magnitude of this stress, acting in all directions, is a. In the interior of the soil, for instance at a cross section in the center, this stress is transmitted by a pore pressure p in the water, and by stresses in the particles. The stresses in the particles are generated partly by the concentrated forces acting...

## 42 Pore pressures

Soil is a porous material, consisting of particles that together constitute the grain skeleton. In the pores of the grain skeleton a fluid may be present usually water. The pore structure of all normal soils is such that the pores are mutually connected. The water fills a space of very complex form, but it constitutes a single continuous body. In this water body a pressure may be transmitted, and the water may also flow through the pores. The pressure in the pore water is denoted as the pore...

## Cell Test

An early version of the triaxial test was developed around 1938 by Keverling Buisman, see Figure 23.1. Actually, the triaxial test can be considered to be an improved version of this Dutch cell test. The apparatus consists of a container with a cylindrical glass wall (the cell), with a fixed rubber membrane, in which the sample can be installed. The water pressure in the cell can be controlled. In contrast with the triaxial apparatus, in which the cell pressure also acts on the top of the...

## 102 Flow under a structure

As an example the flow under a structure will be considered, see Figure10.2. In this case a sluice has been constructed into the soil. It is assumed that the water level on the left side of the sluice is a distance H higher than the water on the right side. At a certain depth the permeable soil rests on an impermeable layer. To restrict the flow under the sluice a sheet pile wall has been installed on the upstream side of the sluice bottom. The flow net for a case like this can be determined...

## 173 Numerical versus analytical solution

As may be evident from this chapter and the previous one, the numerical solution method is simpler than the analytical solution, and perhaps much easier to use. It may be added that the numerical solution method can easier be generalized than the analytical method. It is, for instance, rather simple to develop a numerical solution for the consolidation of a layered soil, with different values for the permeability and the compressibility in the various layers. The analytical solution for such a...

## A1 Transformation formulas

Suppose that the state of stress in a certain point is described by the stresses Txx, Txy, Tyx and Tyy, see Figure A.1. Following the usual sign convention of applied mechanics a component of stress is considered positive when the force component on a plane whose outward normal vector is directed in a positive coordinate direction, acts in positive direction as well, or when the force component acts in negative direction on a plane whose outward normal vector is directed in negative coordinate...

## Shear Test

The notion that failure of a soil occurs by sliding along a plane on which the shear stress reaches a certain maximum value has lead to the development of shear tests. In such tests a sample is loaded such that it is expected that one part of the sample slides over another part, along a given sliding plane. It is often assumed that the sliding plane is fixed and given by the geometry of the equipment used, but it will appear that the deformation mode may be more complicated.

## 93 Floatation of a pipe

The second example is concerned with a pipeline in the bottom of the sea (or a circular tunnel under a river), see Figure 9.3. The pipeline is supposed to consist of steel, with a concrete lining, having a diameter 2R and a total weight (above water) G, in kN m. This weight consists of the weight of the steel and the concrete lining, per unit length of the pipe. For the risk of floatation the most dangerous situation will be when the pipe is empty. For the analysis of the stability of the...

## 21 Grain size

Soils are usually classified into various types. In many cases these various types also have different mechanical properties. A simple subdivision of soils is on the basis of the grain size of the particles that constitute the soil. Coarse granular material is often denoted as gravel and finer material as sand. In order to have a uniformly applicable terminology it has been agreed internationally to consider particles larger than 2 mm, but smaller than 63 mm as gravel. Larger particles are...

## 341 Active earth pressure

For the active case (a retreating wall) the procedure is illustrated in Figure 34.1. It is assumed that in case of a displacement of the wall towards the left, a triangular wedge of soil will slide down, along a straight slip plane. The angle of the slope with the vertical direction is denoted by 0. It is also assumed that at the moment of sliding, the weight of the soil wedge is just in equilibrium with the forces on the slip surface and the forces on the wall. For reasons of simplicity it is...

## 210 Print U 2sqrtpiend

Program 16.2 Degree of consolidation. calculated by the program 16.2. The program also gives an approximate value (U'), see the next section. Figure 16.3 Degree of consolidation. Theoretically speaking the consolidation process takes infinitely long to be completed. For engineering practice, however, it is sufficient if the first (and largest) term in (16.19), the infinite series, is about 0.01. Then 99 of the final deformation has been reached. It can be seen that this is the case if cvt h2...

## C6 Druckers postulate

It has been found, by comparing theoretical results with experimental data, that for metals very good agreement is obtained if the plastic potential g is identified with the yield function f. This is often called Drucker's postulate, It has been attempted to find a theoretical derivation of this property, for instance on the basis of some thermodynamical principle. It has been found later, however, that there is no physical necessity for the validity of Drucker's postulate, other than that it...

## 461 Circular slip surface

Most methods assume that the soil fails along a circular slip surface, see Figure 46.1. The soil above the slip surface is subdivided into a number of slices, bounded by vertical interfaces. At the slip surface the shear stress is t, which is assumed to be a factor F smaller than the maximum possible shear stress, i.e. The factor F is assumed to be the same for all slices, an assumption that is common to all methods. The equilibrium equation to be used in conjunction with a circular slip...

## Soil Mechanics

Arnold Verruijt Delft University of Technology, 2001 This is the screen version of the book SOIL MECHANICS, used at the Delft University of Technology. It can be read using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Bookmarks are included to search for a chapter. The book is also available in Dutch, in the file GrondMechBoek.pdf. Exercises and a summary of the material, including graphical illustrations, are contained in the file SOLMEX.ZIP. All software can be downloaded from the website http geo.verruijt.net...

## 471 Cone Penetration Test

A simple, but very effective method of soil investigation consists of pushing a steel rod into the soil, and then measuring the force during the penetration, as a function of depth. This force consists of the reaction of the soil at the point (the cone resistance), and the friction along the circumference of the rods. The method was developed in the 1930's in the Netherlands. It was mainly intended as an exploration tool, to give an indication of the soil structure, and as a modelling tool for...

## 474 Soil sampling

For many engineering projects it is very useful to take a sample of the soil, and to investigate its properties in the laboratory. The investigation may be a visual inspection (which indicates the type of materials sand, clay or peat), a chemical analysis, or a mechanical test, such as a compression test or a triaxial test. A simple method to take a sample is to drive a tube into the ground, and then recovering the tube with the soil in it. The tube may be about 1 meter long, see Figure 47.5,...

## 362 Pore pressures

In the previous sections the soil was assumed to be dry, for simplicity. In general the soil may consist of soil and water, however, and the excavation may even contain free water. Thus the general problem of a sheet pile wall should take into account the presence of groundwater in the soil. Because the failure of soils, as described by the Mohr-Coulomb criterium, for instance, refers to effective stresses, the relations formulated above for the earth pressure coefficients Ka and Kp, should be...

## Ni 0 N2 0 N3 2kw N4 6kw

Figure 49.3 Statically indeterminate pile foundation. Figure 49.3 Statically indeterminate pile foundation. The forces in the piles have been considered positive for tension. The equations of equilibrium of the foundation plate are that the sum of the horizontal forces should be -200 kN, the sum of the vertical forces should be -2000 kN, and the sum of the moments with respect to the origin should be -2000 kNm. These equations can be written as Substitution of (49.3) into (49.4) yields the...

## 242Types of triaxial tests

The procedure in the tests described above, with the results given in Table 24.1, is that in the first stage of the tests, the application of the cell pressure, the soil is free to consolidate, and sufficient time is taken to allow for complete consolidation, i.e. the excess pore pressures are reduced to zero. In the second stage of the test, however, no consolidation is allowed, by closing the tap to the drainage reservoir. Such a test is denoted as a Consolidated Undrained test, or a CU-test....

## 82 Upward flow

A very simple special case of groundwater flow occurs when the water flows in vertical direction only. The solution for this case is h iz, where i is a constant, a measure for the intensity of the flow. Actually i, that is dh dz, is called the gradient. In this case qx 0 and qz -ki. The equation of continuity (8.2) is now indeed satisfied. If the specific discharge is now denoted as q0, the gradient appears to be i q0 k, and h q0z k. Because in general h z + p Yw it now follows that the...

## Stress Strain Relations

As stated in previous chapters, the deformations of soils are determined by the effective stresse, which are a measure for the contact forces transmitted between the particles. The soil deformations are a consequence of the local displacements at the level of individual particles. In this chapter some of the main aspects of these deformations will be discussed, and this will lead to qualitative properties of the relations between stress and strain. In later chapters these relations will be...

## 22 Grain size diagram

The size of the particles in a certain soil can be represented graphically in a grain size diagram, see Figure 2.1. Such a diagram indicates the percentage of the particles smaller than a certain diameter, mea-100 i . i . i . i . . . . . . . i . . . i i . i . sured as a percentage of the weight. A steep slope of the curve in the diagram indicates a uniform soil, a shallow slope of the diagram indicates that the soil contains particles of strongly different grain sizes. For rather coarse...

## 391 Basic theorems of plasticity theory

In considerations of limit analysis not all the details of the constitutive relations are taken into account, but one aspect is given priority, namely the failure criterion of the material. For soils this may be the Mohr-Coulomb criterion, described by a cohesion c and a friction angle 0. Also, not all the conditions of equilibrium and compatibility equations are taken into account, but only a subset of these equations. The purpose of limit analysis is not to determine the complete field of...

## Triaxial Test

The failure of a soil sample under shear could perhaps best be investigated in a laboratory test in which the sample is subjected to pure distorsion, at constant volume. mains constant during the test, The volume could be kept constant by taking care that the isotropic stress a0 1 (< ri + < r2 + a3) re-or, better still, by using a test setup in which the volume change can be measured and controlled very accurately, so that the volume change can be zero. In principle such a test is possible,...

## 222 Simple shear test

Apart from the difficulty that the state of stress is not completely given in a shear test, the direct shear test suffers from the disadvantage that the deformation is strongly inhomogeneous, because the deformations are concentrated in a zone in the center of the shear box. An improved shear box has been developed by Roscoe in Cambridge (England), in which the deformation is practically homogeneous. The apparatus has been constructed with rotating side walls, so that a uniform shear...

## De Josselin de Jong see Figure 222

It seems very likely that in a shear test the horizontal normal stress jxx is smaller than the vertical normal stress jzz. If the sand has been poured into the shear box, and the vertical load has been applied by gradually increasing the load, it seems likely that the horizontal - - < xx stress is smaller than the vertical stress. In an elastic material, for instance, the ratio of horizontal to vertical stress would be jxx jzz v (1 v), where v is Pois-son's ratio, which must be smaller than...

## 121 Compression and distorsion

In the contact point of two particles a normal force and a shear force can be transmitted, see Figure 12.1. The normal force can only be a compressive force. Tension can not be transmitted, unless the soil particles are glued together. Such soils do exist (e.g. calcareous soils near the coast of Brazil or Australia), but they are not considered here. The magnitude of the shear force that can be transmitted depends upon the magnitude of the normal force. It can be expected that if the ratio of...

## 164 Approximation for small values of time

If the time parameter cvt h2 is very small, many terms are needed in the analytical solutions to obtain accurate results. That may not be a great disadvantage if the computations are performed by a computer program, but it does not give much insight into the solution. A more convenient approximation can be obtained using a theorem from Laplace transform theory saying that an approximation for small values of t can be obtained by assuming the value of s in the transformed solution as very large....

## Flow Towards Wells

For the theoretical analysis of groundwater flow several computational methods are available, analytical or numerical. Studying groundwater flow is of great importance for soil mechanics problems, because the influence of the groundwater on the behavior of a soil structure is very large. Many dramatic accidents have been caused by higher pore water pres. Q0 sures than expected. For this reason the study of groundwater flow requires special attention, much more than given in the few chapters of...

## 431 Bearing capacity of strip foundation

An important problem of foundation engineering is the computation of the maximum load the bearing capacity of a strip foundation, i.e. a very long foundation, of constant width, at a certain depth below the soil surface. The influence of the depth of the foundation is accounted for by considering a surcharge at the foundation level, to the left and the right of the applied load. For the simplest case, of a strip of infinite length, on weightless soil, the first computations were made by...

## 13 Why Soil Mechanics

Soil mechanics has become a distinct and separate branch of engineering mechanics because soils have a number of special properties, which distinguish the material from other materials. Its development has also been stimulated, of course, by the wide range of applications of soil engineering in civil engineering, as all structures require a sound foundation and should transfer its loads to the soil. The most important special properties of soils will be described briefly in this chapter. In...

## 141 Confined compression test

In the confined compression test, or oedometer test a cylindrical soil sample is enclosed in a very stiff steel ring, and loaded through a porous plate at the top, see Figure 14.1. The equipment is usually placed in a somewhat larger container, filled with water. Pore water may be drained from the sample through porous stones at the bottom and the top of the sample. The load is usually applied by a dead weight pressing on the top of the sample. This load can be increased in steps, by adding...

## 202 Mohrs circle

From the theory of stresses see Appendix A it is known that the stresses acting in a certain point on different planes can be related by analytical formulas, based upon the equilibrium equations. In these formulas the basic variable is the angle of rotation of the plane with respect to the principal directions. These principal directions are the directions in which the shear stress is zero, and in which the normal stresses are maximal or minimal. It is assumed here that the maximum principal...

## Vertical Slope In Cohesive Material

A well known and important problem of soil mechanics is the case of a vertical cutoff in a purely cohesive material 0 0 , as occurs when making a vertical excavation, or a vertical slope, see Figure 44.1. The problem to be considered in this chapter is the determination of a lower bound or an upper bound for the maximum possible height hc of the slope, for a material having a constant cohesive strength c, and a constant volumetric weight 7.

## 122 Unloading and reloading

Because the deformations of soils are mostly due to changes in the particle assembly, by sliding and rolling of particles, it can be expected that after unloading a soil will not return to its original state. Sliding of particles with respect to each other is an irreversible process, in which mechanical energy is dissipated, into heat. It is to be expected that after a full cycle of loading and unloading of a soil a permanent deformation is observed. Tests indeed confirm this. When reloading a...

## Boussinesq

In 1885 the French scientist Boussinesq obtained a solution for the stresses and strains in a homogeneous isotropic linear elastic half space, loaded by a vertical point force on the surface, see Figure 28.1. A derivation of this solution is given in Appendix B, see also any textbook on the theory of elasticity for instance S.P. Timoshenko, Theory P of Elasticity, paragraph 123 . The stresses are found to be Figure 28.1 Point load on half space. In these equations r is the cylindrical...

## 35 Water content

The water content is another useful parameter, especially for clays. It has been used in the previous chapter. By definition the water content w is the ratio of the weight or mass of the water and the solids, It may be noted that this is not a new independent parameter, because For a completely saturated soil S 1 and assuming that pp pw 2.65, it follows that void ratio e is about 2.65 times the water content. A normal value for the porosity is n 0.40. Assuming that pk 2650 kg m3 it then follows...

## 334 Neutral earth pressure

It has been found that the possible states of stress in a soil may vary between fairly wide limits, especially if the friction angle is large. For a normal sand, with 30 , the smallest value of the horizontal stress is 3 of the vertical stress which usually is known from the surcharge and the weight of the overlying soil , and the largest Hi value is 3 times the vertical stress. In case of a rigid retaining wall, the lateral stress against the wall is unknown, at least from a strictly...

## Flamant

In 1892 Flamant obtained the solution for a vertical line load on a homogeneous isotropic linear elastic half space, see Figure 30.1. This is the two dimensional equivalent of Boussinesq's basic problem. It can be considered as the superposition of an infinite number of point loads, uniformly distributed along the y-axis. A derivation is given in Appendix B. . . . . . . . .v. . . . . . . In this case the stresses in the x, z-plane are In these equations r x2 z2. The quantity F has the dimension...

## 252 Undrained shear strength

For the comparison of drained and undrained calculations, and for the actual calculation in an undrained analysis, it is often necessary to determine the undrained shear strength su of a soil, from the basic shear strength parameters c and 0. This can be done by noting that in a saturated soil there can be practically no volume change in undrained conditions, so that the isotropic effective stress remains constant. Thus the average effective stress remains constant, and this means that the...

## 432 Inclination factors

Loading by a vertical force and a horizontal load, see Figure 43.2, the bearing capacity is considerably reduced. This can be understood by noting that sliding would occur if the horizontal force approaches the maximum possible shear force on the foundation surface, The formulas should be such that for this limiting value of the shear stress t with respect to the constant value of the vertical stress p the bearing capacity reduces to zero. For cases in which the shear force is smaller than its...

## A3 Mohrs circle

The formulas derived above can be represented in a simple graphical form, using Mohr's circle. For this purpose it is most convenient to use the transformation formulas in the form A.4 , but expressed into the principal stresses. The orientation of the x-axis with respect to the direction of the major principal stress is denoted by y, see Figure A.4. The directions of the major and the minor principal stresses are indicated by 1 and 2. The transformation formulas for the transition from the...

## 44 Archimedes and Terzaghi

The concept of effective stress is so important for soil mechanics that it deserves careful consideration. It may be illuminating, for instance, to note that the concept of effective stress is in agreement with the principle of Archimedes for the upward force on a submerged body. Consider a volume of soil of magnitude V, having a porosity n. The total weight of the particles in that volume is 1 n YPV, in which yp is the volumetric weight of the particle material, which is about 26.5 kN m3....

## 12 History

Soil mechanics has been developed in the beginning of the 20th century. The need for the analysis of the behavior of soils arose in many countries, often as a result of spectacular accidents, such as landslides and failures of foundations. In the Netherlands the slide of a railway embankment near Weesp, in 1918 see Figure 1.1 gave rise to the first systematic investigation in the field of soil mechanics, by a special commission set up by the government. Many of the basic principles of soil...