Principles of Testing Soils, Rocks and Concrete

Principles of Testing Soils, Rocks and Concrete


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In civil engineering, a wide spectrum of materials, natural as well as processed, are adopted for usage. However, a significant involvement is with soils, rocks, and concrete. While rocks and soils are materials of geological origin, concrete is a processed material using these geological materials as ingredients at different stages. The inherent nature and diversity of geological processes involved in the formation of rocks and soils lead to wide variability in their in-situ state. Hence, the geotechnical engineer usually has to adjust his designs to accommodate the prevailing properties of in-situ soils and/or resort to appropriate ground engineering methods. On the other hand, concrete has become an indispensable construction material that most obligingly conforms to new concepts in design with the possibility of realizing the same through advanced construction technology.

Content :
  • Introduction
  • Rock and Soil as Engineering Materials
  • Concrete as a Construction Material
  • Soil, Rock, and Concrete Material Analogies and Implications
  • Exploration
  • Sampling: Requirements and Techniques
  • Compositional 
  • Micro- and Macro-structural Analysis
  • Inferential Testing
  • Engineering Property Evaluation: Laboratory Methods
  • Engineering Property Evaluation: In-situ Methods

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